In Hollywood, there was a time when being famous meant that you had talent. Often, stars were a triple threat with their abilities to act, sing and dance. Ginger Rogers, Shirley Temple and Marilyn Monroe all had enormous talent and were deservedly famous. Today, people like Paris Hilton and the cast of The Jersey Shore cast qualify as celebrities. The truth is these individuals are famous for nothing other than the fact that they are famous. They crave money and fame for their own-self pleasure and benefit, and not for anyone else.
This wouldn’t be too big of a deal but this “famous for being famous” thing is having an affect on teens, especially teen girls. One survey from Savvy Sugar suggests that 63% of teen girls would rather be models than nurses or teachers. Another survey from Parent Dish suggests that over half of teenagers want to be famous rather than have a career. Of course, there isn’t anything wrong with wanting to be famous, but 68% of the teenagers from the second survey were unsure how exactly they were going to become famous. Only 19% believed that they had the talent necessary to reach their goals.
God gives each of us an individual talent. Some of us are gifted with compassion and are called to work in the medical field while some of us have the ability to teach or work with children. If you are gifted in singing or acting, then work hard to achieve your dreams. If you aren’t, don’t spend your time dreaming of being famous for nothing. Whatever your talent is, it’s best to harness it and use it to better the world.
When God saved us by Grace, He did not save us so that we can sit back and enjoy ourselves. He saved us so that we can use our talents to evangelize to souls and win them for His kingdom. He will speak through us; our part is to sow the seed and He will water it Himself.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive and inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
“Since we are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
Write down these powerful scriptures in your journal, so you can remember them! 🙂