How we all can become famous

We all want to be famous at some level. I know I have wanted to make a name for myself ever since college days. There is something written in our fabric that aches for this beyond words. And if we can’t honestly admit to wanting fame, we can all at least say we want our lives to count. To feel like a zero, that our lives don’t matter, that no one would notice if we were gone–all of these are thoughts that drive some to suicide. It’s not that our ache for fame is sinful. It’s part of being stamped in God’s likeness, for he certainly does matter. But it’s how we live out that ache that leads us astray, that leads us into comparing ourselves, putting others down, fighting to get to the top. We all somehow imagine that making a name in front of others will give us the power and prestige that will make us feel significant. But we are deceived. At the top is nothing but empty air, immense pressure, and deep disappointment. The misery and sadness of many famous people is well-known.

It occurred to me some time ago that our greatest fame in life is not only who we are in Christ, but also that we can come before the Father in prayer. Our greatest significance is the ear that listens when we ask. It is the eye that sees and knows. To stand before the King of all and have an audience is the fulfillment of this great longing. The Bible calls this our glory.

I know this is hard to believe. To stand alone before God and feel that this is our deepest fame may seem ludicrous at times. But to begin to experience this, even for just a moment, squelches that sense of absurdity.  When we pray this way, we feel most sane, most alive, most significant. For our prayer really does affect him. Our heart cries really do matter to him. That’s our glory, the glory we have lost and can now find again.

 That’s how we can all become famous.

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About Coach D

I have been a teacher and a coach for many years. My real name is Bill Delvaux, but my students call me Coach D, hence the user name. This blog is about the journey into the unknown I am walking and the landmarks I am navigating along the way. The destination: becoming who I really am as a man. I invite you to join me by reading along every Monday and Thursday.
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6 Responses to How we all can become famous

  1. Vince says:

    I was listening to Celluloid Heroes by the Kinks this morning. The words of the song brought tears to my eyes. The lyrics were so profound, especially realizing them to be written by a man in his late 20s. The theme very much touches on your blog post and to the heart of your ministry.
    “Everybody’s a dreamer and everybody’s a star” points to the fact that we all want to be famous. He then points to the fact that “everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are.” We all feel like we are on stage trying to be someone who we are not.
    He then runs through the names of many “Stars” and talks about their pain mostly. The one that struck me was “But please don’t tread on dearest Marilyn, ‘cause she’s not very tough, she should have been made of iron or steel, but she was only made of flesh and blood.” As we all are, and Marilyn Monroe was crushed by her fame, as we often are as well.
    Then, in light of David Scott’s suicide yesterday, he writes “People who worked and suffered and struggled for fame, some who succeeded, and some who suffered in vain.” I heard a clip from an interview with Scott where he was asked why he was so intense when shooting a film. His response was that he was “so afraid of failure.” And it turns out with his vast success, he felt he was a failure and took his own life. Unbelievable.
    The author though seems to fantasize about a world where there is no pain “I wish my life was a non-stop Hollywood movie show,
    A fantasy world of celluloid villains and heroes, because celluloid heroes never feel any pain, and celluloid heroes never really die.”
    That is the life “in the Matrix.” Takes a lot to want otherwise. Sorry to ramble.

    • Coach D says:

      Vince,
      So much of what the world presents to us is like the Matrix. It’s tempting, deceptive, and powerful. To push in the other direction requires passion and hope, what so many give up on at some point. Only the Father’s love is the starting point for fame. Everything else will lead us astray and even destroy us. Thanks for the rambling!

  2. Wonderful, excellent post!

  3. Mark Nester says:

    Beautiful! And speaking of fame, someone asked if I could name the 12 spies that went in to spy out the promised land before Israel was to enter the promised land. I could only remember Joshua and Caleb. That was the point. The two that entered into God’s story and listened to the Father’s voice were the ones we remember. The other ten, out of fear probably, chose not to and thus are not remembered by most. Thanks again for reminding us how deep the Father’s love truly is.

    • Coach D says:

      Great reminder with the 10 spies who caved in to fear. Once we feel the Father’s love and begin to live in it, the pull of fame just loses its grip. This is our truest self as men, and nothing can separate us from him. Thanks, Mark!

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