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    Don’t Dream of Being Famous — Use Your God-Given Talent to Better the World!

    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! 🙂

    Corrina Jean
    Corrina Jean grew up in Pennsylvania and dreamed of traveling. Over the past three years she has had the opportunity to live in Virginia, California and Japan. She is a student at Liberty University and is pursuing her English degree. She contributes pop culture articles for the Examiner at Examiner.com. Writing is her passion and she uses her talent to bring to light the negative influence that the media can have on young girls.

    46 COMMENTS

    1. I completely agree!!! I love to sing, but the problem is, is the fact that I have really bad stage fright ever since I had a panic attack while performing. I love to sing for Him. My family and I are in a band called “The Knights of Day” where my dad is the lead singer and guitar player. We sing at nursing homes and at church. I just hope that one day I can actually sleep the night before I perform and stop being so nervous even though I’ve done it so many times. Thank you for the article! 🙂

      • Jessica- this is so touching, it made my day! That is so wonderfully awesome that you and your family do this- will you please share this article with them too? Don’t you worry, your anxiety will go away eventually, just continue to pray to the Lord, that He may work his magic through you!

    2. i love this article!! i remember when i was younger i always wanted to be famous but over the years i have realized that the talent God has given me is working well with children, everyone always tells me i will be a really good mom. sadly tho my friend watches jersey shore should i confront her about this?

      • Yes you should Kayla- share this article with her, and tell her that by watching Jersey shore it’s not helping her at all, and that it’s just filling her mind with all their nonsense and crap. I’m so happy that you’ve realized your gift and talent to help young children, you are helping God so much!!

    3. It’s so true that many people now get famous just because they have money, or their parents are famous! So many people have talent but not the looks, the money, or whatever else Hollywood thinks they need to get famous,so they never get recognized!

    4. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!! My friend has an amazing talent in aacting and singing and wants to become famous one day. I have been trying to get a good way to describe to her to use her talents for God’s Will. I want her to grow in a relationship with Christ. Not just go through the motions of it being a religion, not a relationship.

    5. We were made to worship and share the good news to people. Use your talents to build up his divine kingdom. If you can’t sing or dance, there is no reason that you should want to be famous for those things. It has to be God’s will for you to become famous. God gives us the talents he wants us to have,so don’t be upset that you do have the talents YOU wanted.

    6. I use to want to be famous, but I now decided to be a photographer and evangilist/missonary. But if you look at celebrities , like Selena Gomez; she had a purity ring but she has recently took it off. My dad always said that he think it would be awful to lose your privacy, I agree they can’t go far without a photo taken.

    7. I am a really great singer. i was once in the choir with my two older sisters but i decided to go to sunday school instead. is that a good thing? and also um i dont know why i am not able to sing in a group but when i sing alone i do great.

    8. this problem is tough but ill say it anyways. one time i caught my pastor,s son staring at me while i was listening to my music and he is in his 20s. i like him but i dnt know wat to do but 2 pray 2 god.

    9. I often wonder why God gave me the talent he has. I have gone to college, learned electronics, served in Christian Television ministries as an Engineer. I came to work for a worldwide TV ministry that uses me as a glorified gopher, and anytime I try to present myself as the Engineer I am, I get brushed under the table. I have written books on the subject, and run a website that is a #1 hit on Google. The secular world accepts me as somewhat an authority on TV Broadcast Engineering, but the Christian community at large tries to shove me under the bus. And so I wonder if God truly wants me to use the talent He has given me for this ministry? I may be in a “Christian” company – but am I in the place where God wants me to be? If not – why wouldn’t He show me where to go? He said “Seek and ye shall find”, yet in my search – I come up dry. Perhaps he’d rather have me in a secular company, being a light unto the darkness?

      • I wonder why the Christians are doing that to not support you in your engineering field. That is definitely a talent that most people do not have! He created your brain a specific way to understand that complex field. I believe you can do both!! Don’t listen to whoever is saying those hurtful things about you. God gave you that gift for a reason!

    10. I Have Always Wanted To Become Famous And Act In Movies . I Daydream About How My Life Would Be Like And What I Would Do With The Money . I Don’t Want To Be Famous Just So I Can Be Rich And Splurge All On Myself Buying Useless Things . I Want To Use My Money For Good . I Was Thinking Of Opening Foundations For Animals . One Specifically For Pitbulls Because They Need Love And Are So Loving No Matter How They Are Portrayed . And Another One For All The Other Dogs Other There . This Would Be Like A Rescue Shelter For Them But Also A Permanent Home If No One Wants To Adopt Them .I Have Alot Of Ideas On How I Want To Spend My Fame Money . Africa, Church, Homeless, Opening My Own Business, Giving Back To My Community, And Helping Family Out Etc . I Think Just Wait Til I Get Famous World I’ll Make A Huge Difference You’ll See . !!

      • I do too Victoria! I know exactly what you mean. Do you feel like God gives you big signs, and clearly guides your footsteps, and you can hear Him speaking to you? Go with what he’s saying, what He’s telling you, and obey and He will show you which path to take! For me- mine was starting this website to get the good news out! I am praying for you Victoria.

    11. This is an AMAZING article! And it definitely applies to me! I have been acting and singing since I was eight, and so far I’ve done 13 musical theater productions. But I just found out yesterday that I’ve been cast in my first on-camera acting role! What excites me most about it is that it’s a Christian TV show in which I get to do a lot of improv, and I get to share my thoughts on bible verses and how to apply them to my own life. I definitely want to do this for God, and glorify him in what I’m doing with my gifts. I’m so thankful that I have an oppritunity like this, where I can really show my faith.

    12. In May, I entered this art competition because my 7th teacher gave me a pamphlet. I painted a simple drawing that i named for fun “Faith as the skies above” I didn’t think I would have a chance since I was the youngest artist and everyone esle competing were in high school or college. After 2 weeks after my 13th birthday on June 26…I was drawing in my room when my dad yelled my name to come downstairs. I thought i was in trouble but what happened next stunned me. Dad showed me a letter that said I WON 3rd place in a scholarship art compition. I screamed and jumped up and down like crazy. All my classmates saw my painting and said I wouldn’t win since it was too Christian like (I go to a Catholic School: St.Mary’s)I recieved a black trophy with 3 stars shooting upwards on it. Its now standing next to my other trophy…this one was red and gold with a big golden cross on the top.

    13. I have had people tell me that I have a good voice, but I cannot get on stage. I have terrible stage fright, but I want to show people what I can do!!! a while ago I had promised myself that I would never sing or get on stage again, but then I got really sad because then I feel like I might lose my talent or never use it… so I have agreed that I will get on stage sometime. but hopefully I wont pass out. but I know how it feels to not use a gift. it even took me a while to agreed to God about my gift of singing and to share the gospel. I love talking and connecting with people but also im not sure if im any good… but that probley Satan talking.

      • What do YOU believe you’re good at? Do what you dream. Don’t let what others beliefs about what you are or what you are not, affect what you do. Follow YOUR dreams, no one elses.

    14. I have been dancing ever since I was 5, and I love it! I often wonder what it would be like to dance competitively. I have done marching band and competed with that, and I loved it! I kind of want to compete in dance, but I don’t know if it would be good. God has given me a great talent for dance and it could be used as a sort of outreach, but it could also just make me prideful.

    15. My biggest dream is to be a movie director. God blessed me with a visual mind (a side effect of Asperger’s Syndrome) so I can clearly plan out movies and characters in my head. I hope to use my gift someday to spread important political and moral messages through my films. Movies are such a great way to spread messages for God’s kingdom due to their popularity! By the way, for anyone out there with acting talent or any other types of talents relating to films, I would LOVE to work with you!!! Let’s spread His Gospel together 🙂

    16. I would really like to become a ballet dancer for a company. People have told me I am very graceful when I dance. I think God has blessed me with the gracefulness of dance and I’m so thankful. I would totally use my talents to help the Kingdom of Heaven! 😀

        • I enjoy acting, but I’m not sure if I’m any good at it and don’t really want to pursue it for anything beside the occasional skit at church.
          I do, however, write. I’m working very hard toward the goal of self publishing my first novella. 🙂

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