“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11-12. (ESV)
Prior to 2007, researchers tracking the 16 values portrayed to pre-teens on TV, found that fame would typically come in at either position 15 or 16. However, in 2007 a dramatic switch occurred. Beginning in 2007, fame suddenly became the #1 value portrayed to youth on TV. In a separate follow up study, researchers found that this value shift had impacted the youth because fame became their #1 future desire.
Suddenly, everyone wants to become the next American Idol.
The desire to be famous is a reflection of our sinful nature. It is being exploited by TV today and effecting all of us, not just our youth. As physicians, we want to be known for something. It may be a miracle cure, an outstanding bedside manner, or popularity among our patients and colleagues. If we are honest with ourselves, we recognize that somewhere deep within us, the desire for fame is real.
The question is…what do we do with that desire?
David reminds us here that the ability to achieve power and fame ultimately comes from God.
One temptation we can fall into is trying to “use” God to achieve that fame. We might throw ourselves into some form of Christian ministry to achieve that fame, hoping God will assist us in our goal.
Instead, it is better to tackle the desire for fame “head-on” by addressing the reason we want to achieve fame. Ultimately it comes from a desire to be valued as a person. As we recognize that, God can gently remind us that He already loves us deeply. He has valued us with the sacrifice of His son.
Then as that truth penetrates deeply within us, it frees us to pursue the will of God for our lives…regardless of whether that will bring us any recognition or fame.
Prayer: Lord, remind me of Your love for me today.