This morning I was preparing for my time with the Lord, trying to find the right song to listen to. For some reason or another, Panda by Desiigner popped up first in my search engine. I had heard the song but hadn’t seen the music video. Click. Being a reader and chronic time waster I scrolled down… 251,646,311 views on that bad boy. Oh wow. It must be incredible to have that kind of influence into people’s lives. But the comment section. That was the kicker. People were bad mouthing each other, swearing, making some pretty vile comments. Ultimately, nothing of value or merit was happening in there or anywhere within close proximity of that video. At least, none that I could see.
Enough time had been wasted…
I typed Jason Gray into the search bar. The song “Remind Me Who I Am” popped into view.
Click. 570, 704 views, not many at all compared to Panda.
Once again, I scrolled into the comment section. To my relief and joy, people were not spewing trashy filth onto the canvas. Instead, they were were opening up like blossoming flowers. Confessions about insecurities, grief, pain and pain poured over the space, colored it beautifully and making my heart soar.
People were asking for prayer. Others were commenting with prayers for the lost and hurting. This was not a waste of time. This was good. This was bringing people home and showing them how valuable they truly are. And yet the song only had 570,704 views.
That’s 251,075,607 less views than Panda but, despite the small number, Jason Gray’s song made a much larger impact.
How do I come to that conclusion? Just take a look at the fruit. Meaning (for those who don’t speak fluent Christianese), what did people’s hearts minds and souls take away from these songs? With Panda, not a whole lot of people even understood what the rap artist was saying. Gray’s lyrics touched people’s hearts so deeply they began sharing their deepest secrets and greatest pains!
So, here’s the kicker. You want to change the world?
Here’s the advice God is giving me:
Don’t go for what is popular to garner likes. Don’t try to tailor your work so other people recognize you. Also, don’t get me wrong, it is important to do an excellent job with whatever you are working on (Col 3:23) but don’t start that blog so people recognize you. Don’t sing so everyone will be overwhelmed by you. Don’t model so others will notice you. In the end, people won’t remember your name but they will remember the impact you had on their heart. Do you want that impact to be something of eternal value or fleeting, frivolous pleasure?
It can be tough sometimes to allow yourself to be small. But get this: being small is a great way for Him to create a BIG space inside of you that He calls home.
As we learn and grow in our talents and influence, let’s ask for more of Him and less of us. Because what matters in the end?
I can tell you with assured confidence that it isn’t us.
1 Peter 1:24 – “all people are like grass (yes, even Justin Bieber), and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall.”
For the record: Colossians 3:23 – “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”
With much love and great confidence in the things He will grow in you,