EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last of a seven-part series profiling the women chosen as the 2007 Women of Distinction by the Heart of Texas Girl Scout Council.

By Candace Cooksey Fulton — Brownwood Bulletin

She sings the song. She loves the music.

“Part of the theme music for my life, if you will, is a song made popular in 1975, by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes,” said Michelle Wasson.

The song is titled, “Wake Up Everybody,” and the lines in the chorus, said Wasson, go like this: “The world won’t get no better, if we just let it be. We got to change it, yes, just you and me.”

“Besides the Lord Jesus Christ — of course — being the head of my life, and my family, that chorus is the driving force of my life,” Wasson said. “Things will not change if we do not wake up and do something. That’s what I believe.”

Wasson, a 28-year-resident of Brownwood, is the owner of “Occasions,” and she and her husband Marcus co-pastor at the Church of the Living God. The couple is dedicated to an outreach ministry to help other troubled people to discover a walk of faith.

Wasson’s own childhood was “rough,” she said, and her family struggled.

“I was an only child,” she said. “My father wasn’t there. My mother had to work a lot and she couldn’t be there much. That all seemed really hard then, but now I realize, my grandmother was there for me when my mom wasn’t. And I was blessed to have that constant someone in my life who I knew cared for me.”

Times were turbulent, too. Wasson remembers her mother watching the 1960s race riots and civil unrest on the television, tears streaming down her cheeks, and saying, “People are suffering so much. They’re hurting.”

“That made an impact on me,” Wasson said. “I wish no one in this world had to hate or be hated because of the color of one’s skin, or what they had or didn’t have, or how they worshiped.”

But the financial struggles and “different” kind of family helped Wasson realize as well “it’s not the clothes you wear, or the car you drive, but how you are and how you care for each other,” she said.

“The Bible speaks many times of what you sow, you reap. And you know we don’t know when tragedy is going to strike and when things are going to go wrong. But it’s when things do go wrong you get to reap from the faith you’ve sown in the good times.

“So many of us live our lives like we’re never going to hit a hard time. We’re thinking the appliances are running smoothly, the kids’ teeth are straight, there’s money in the bank, I must be doing something right. But that’s not how it is. We need to be more faithful in prayer in the good, because the struggle will come.”

Wasson is a CASA volunteer and also volunteers with the Texas Youth Commission and at Oak Ridge Nursing Home. She and Marcus have four grown children, Kevelle Wasson, Angel Jones, Shauntel McGlothin and Marauisse Wasson.

The verse in the 40th chapter of Matthew, where the “King tells the people ‘what was done to the least of brethren was done unto me,’ is something I pray about all the time,” Wasson said. “I pray, ‘Lord lead me to where I can be of service to you and help people.’”