A recent national survey of young people concerning their hopes, dreams and aspirations revealed a rather shocking fact. Most youngsters today want to become celebrities.
It really doesn’t seem to matter to them if they become famous or infamous, as long as they achieve notoriety or celebrity status. The mainstream media feeds this desire by giving an inordinate amount of coverage to the strange, bizarre and weird happenings of spoiled, overpaid entertainers and professional sports figures, and by intensely focusing on the antics of the rich and famous.
Newspapers, news channels and talk radio hype these kinds of stories, which seem to attract huge audiences. After some silly episode, or some horrendous tragedy, the hosts of these programs go on and on ad nauseum until the next offbeat, outrageous incident occurs, and then they scurry off after it the same as before.
Old-fashioned virtues of hard work, industriousness, diligent study and practice to hone one’s skills and accomplishments doesn’t seem to be worthy of media attention. Neither do years of undergraduate work, service through internships and the knowledge gained by such endeavors.
There are many very fine young people who diligently follow the rules, study hard and do the work in quiet anonymity. They will make great contributions, but may never achieve the celebrity status that is so important to some.
What does the Bible have to say on the subject? You may be surprised. Peter wrote of a different approach to life in 1 Peter 3:4, when he referred to “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” Paul wrote to the Church of God in Thessalonica on this subject, commending them that they may “aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing” (1 Thessalonians 4:11–12).
It seems clear that we don’t have to always be the center of attention as we go about our lives. We can be happy, productive people without being in the spotlight. “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is perceptive” (Proverbs 17:28). Having the last word in a disagreement or being famous for whatever reason can be a real burden. The Bible is replete with great instruction on how to get along with your fellow man or woman. We need only follow these instructions for a peaceful, prosperous life, enjoying the blessings God has provided.
How about you? Are you seeking publicity or are you seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness as instructed in Matthew 6:33? With His help you can set right priorities, avoiding the limelight and pursuing godly values, which will bring you blessings in this life and even greater rewards in the age to come.
You will be glad you did!