“Wow, my life and my future would be set if only I could get this promotion, clinch this deal, or just get this break!” What is so sensational about being a star, or identifying directly or indirectly with someone who has achieved a level of greatness? Why is our ego stroked by a familiarity with fame? What makes it so important for some people to align themselves with those in positions of wealth or influence?
As I child I wondered, “What it would be like to be a star?” I used to draw pictures of pretty dresses and other outfits because I wanted to be a clothing designer. I imagined seeing garments I designed worn by beautiful women parading up and down the runway and feeling proud about my accomplishments. As an adult, I had an acquaintance with someone who would often made references to people, (most who I had no clue of who they were), with supposedly some social, or political prominence. As I listened to the suggestions regarding the level of distinction, it seemed rather futile considering there were times when there was no significant level of interest.
As we watch television and observe actors walking down the red carpet at the Oscars, prominent people on the news, or on talk shows, we may imagine what life would be like, if it were us. It would also be invigorating being recognized and admired by others for some worthwhile accomplishment. Very few of us may ever reach that position in life. Sometimes it’s enough to just to know someone who has “made it,” someone who has achieved some level of notoriety and say, “I knew her/him when.” The excitement of winning seven thousand dollars a week for life and having no financial worries is an exhilarating thought. It would bring a great deal of notoriety and also a level of recognition that may prove to be frustrating.
Many of us have dreamed about what it would be like to be rich and famous. However, my perception has been transformed and now those who may appear to be the least among the masses have earned the greatest level of my respect. This has altered my view of life and success which is now measured by a totally different list of criteria. Jesus gave a parable about two men in the temple, one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee boasted about his character while the publican who would not even look up, only asked for mercy, Luke 18:9-13, (KJV). I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted, verse 14.
How comforting is it to spend time with someone who really knows us, loves us and accepts us for who we are? God knows us so well because He made us. You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely, (Psalm 139:1-4 KJV). It’s wonderful when we can just be ourselves, not having to anticipate what someone thinks about us, or what impression they might have of us. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well, (Psalm 139: 11-13 KJV).
As Christians, we shine the light of Our Heavenly Father, every day in everything we do, everywhere we go. Even if we are not recognized by an old classmate, or feel alienated because of a lack of recognition, God loves us. Even when we have not reached some level of accomplishment at a designated point in life, God still understands and acknowledges our labor of love. Even as we have work to overcome some deficits our lives, God is there to lift us up. Whatever challenges we have faced and whatever reason we feel unworthy, He cares and we are precious to Him. There is always a price to pay when we strive to achieve any worthwhile goal in our lives. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body, 2 Corinthians 4: 6-10.
Now, when we think about making some great contribution to this world, His Word gives us comfort, as we strive to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Paul says in Philippians 2:14-16, (NIV), Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
While some may dream of being a star, as a child of God, “You are a Star!”