Models on runways, pop idols tearing up stages, CEO’s raking in million after million, Instagramers with truckloads of followers… fame, fortune and followers. Ah, what a life. I used to want what they have. Then I took a closer look and realized something.
This world has way too many superstars.
Please don’t get me wrong, I respect hard work and dedication. A Spirit of Excellence is a wonderful thing but, as we see in tabloids all the time, it can turn sour if it’s being used to bring glory to the person honing it.
If you’re anything like me and you catch yourself feeling like you haven’t accomplished much because you don’t have fame, riches and followers, I urge you to stop and reevaluate. Consider this: which people have had the biggest impact on your growth as a person?
Maybe some popstars came to mind for you. None did for me.
Instead, I thought about the teachers who cared for me, took me for coffee, bought me books on writing and submitted my work to competitions. I thought about my mother, who has done so many things for me I don’t even know where to start and my grandparents. I think of the girl at the insurance office who told me I was pretty when I felt uglier than a bald cat or the writing mentor who didn’t give up on me. I think about the friends who listened to me and let me ugly cry into their beautiful clothes.
I’m telling you…
The people who leave a mark for eternity are the ones who journey beside us, down the messy path and through hardships. They are not the gods on their plinths, smiling down on their pathetic subjects. They are like Jesus, walking along the dirty roads, gathering dust in between their toes and holding close the untouchables. They are the people who are surrendered to God’s Spirit and sent out to love people unconditionally, not be their idols.
It’s not a popular idea.
Yes, fame and flashy things are what the world values. But the King who created this earth, He thinks about things much differently. He might call you to lead a large ministry or do something that gains global recognition but the point is this: the world doesn’t need more superstars. That is people who work solely for their value and the approval of others. So, please don’t strive for that. It is a path that will leave you so empty.
What the world REALLY needs are people willing to lay down their lives for whatever God has planned. The world needs life. And ironically, life comes from death to self.
It is when we lay down our selfish desires and embrace a relationship with God that we can truly life and bring joy, peace, freedom and life to all those around us.
When you question how valuable it is to die to self and live a life for God, remember this. One day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that there is a God. We don’t have time to care if millions of people like us and follow what we do. Time is short and we have the greatest gift in the Universe.
Ourselves, sacrificed to God’s purposes, the best of purposes.
Let’s share it.