Trading the glitter of fame for the gold of God's dreams

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I hear my kids speak the dream aloud every now and then, and I cringe.I cringe because I know how easy it is to think, especially in this day and age:

"I wish I was famous."

Oh how fame glitters. In any context — small or great, Christian or secular, online or in real life — the sparkle of stardom promises fulfillment, happiness, and success.

And any of us who feel so... ordinary... think we’re missing out.

After all, deep in the heart of every human soul is the desire to matter.

Do you go there?

"Have I achieved something worthwhile? Am I enough? Do I really matter?"

I hope with all my heart that you know the answer to that question.

You matter.

Not because of what you have done or the level of fame you’ve managed to achieve, but because you were intricately designed by a Heavenly Father who breathed His image into your soul.

You matter so much that Jesus sacrificed everything for you. He gave His very life to ransom you from the grip of the enemy.

That fierce, protective, tender love you feel toward the baby in your arms, dependent on you for everything?

That’s His love for you. Yet exponentially more.

But also deep in the heart of every Christ-follower is the desire to make a difference. And here’s a dream worthy of your full attention.

When you know who you are… whose you are, when your identity and worth are established, you are ready to dream God’s dreams.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10

My prayer is that you would dream the right dreams — His dreams.

Let me look you in the eye and assure you of the same thing I will continue telling my kids:

 

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But let me also remind you of something we often forget as we seek to live this God-given dream:

It’s about faithfulness in the “little” things.

  • Faithfully drinking in His Word, when everything else screams for attention.
  • Faithfully doing today’s unglamorous work, when we’re bored to tears, unapplauded by the four or fourteen-year-old we’re serving.
  • Faithfully taking Spirit-prompted risks, when those around us think we’re crazy.
  • Living fully by faith, confident that the One we serve sees all and will reward all.

It’s about living every single moment for the day when all that glitters will be blown away;

when that which is true gold will remain…

When we hear our Audience of One say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Let me ask you...

*How do you keep yourself and your family from becoming enamored with the glamor of life in the spotlight?

*How do you think we can better teach and model the principles of calling and faithfulness in a world bent on achieving instant fame?

Blessings, Jennifer Ebenhack