Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The Celebrity Talent Factor
Anyway, as I was about to say before I interrupted my train of thoughts ...
Funny things trains ... they're always late I find. Why is that? I read the other day that the train people will rectify their lateness by replacing timetables with calendars. That way they'll be more accurate.
"The train on platform 3 will arrive in London tomorrow!" Now that's more accurate I think.
The other day they said on the loud speaker at the station that the train was late due to shortage of staff. Why can't they recruit taller people?
Now then ... where was I? Oh yes ... someone once said "I could have been very famous if I had a voice like Sinatra's!"
A lot of truth in that. If I could sing like Sinatra or some other great singer I could be famous too.
Or if I could run fast as an Olympic athlete, or play football well, or if I were a great writer, or musician, or an actor, or whatever else passes as worthy of adulation these days, I too could be a famous celebrity recognised and welcome everywhere.
And that's the problem in this modern world of ours. Everyone wants to be famous and a celebrity instantly. Without any hard work, or patience ... instant fame is the name of the game.
Talking of instant ... I read the other day that the scientist who invented an instant laxative has been fired from his job. But I digress.
Whenever you turn on the TV you see youngsters, and not so young people, all hoping to win a talent show and become famous celebrities. Some can't sing, dance, or do anything else to save their lives ... but they all want to be famous.
Does anyone ever stop and think, I wonder, where all the talent comes from?
If someone can sing, dance, play a musical instrument, be great at athletics, play sports well, or be a great businessman, doctor, lawyer, or whatever else ... have they ever wondered where all this talent comes from?
Did they do the slightest thing all by themselves to achieve such greatness?
Didn't God give them all the talents and the ability to do whatever they are good at?
A great voice perhaps. Or the ability to dance, or be good at sports, business, medicine or whatever?
Didn't God give them the brains to be able to study, concentrate, and work wonders in medicine, science or whatever else people are good at? Didn't God give them the good health and good fortune to become in life what they have become today?
Yet ... when you watch famous celebrities on TV ... or aspiring celebrities ... have you notice how many of them are full of themselves and proud of what they have achieved; rather than acknowledging where their talents and abilities come from and thank God for their good fortune.
God gave us all talents to use in order to glorify Him. And it is right that we use our talents to their full extent.
As Jesus said: "No one lights a lamp and hides it under a bowl or puts it under a bed. ... " (Luke 8:16).
It should be made to shine to honour and glorify God.
Although, personally, I would never put a lamp under a bed as it might start a fire throughout the house. Where's the talent in that?
But I digress once again.
So ... as I was saying ... let's not be shy about our God-given talents; but let's use them wisely for God.
Even if your talent is ... (like mine) ... writing Blogs that nobody reads.
At least Jesus is reading them and chuckling to Himself.