October 26th, 2017 — DEVOTE

Many people in our world today are mesmerized by stardom. If they could just get their picture with that famous athlete… or that illustrious actor… or that renowned singer… their day would be made. They long to not just catch a glimpse, but want to touch and speak to their hero.

I remember years ago, while I was in Brazil, I was stopped by some young people who wanted to know if I was Andre Agassi? Many of you will remember the talented tennis player, who in his younger years, had long flowing hair. Towards the end of his career though, he shaved his head like mine. Unfortunately for them, I had to inform them I wasn’t, but I was Mark Marxhausen. They simply walked away not needing any more information.

Just recently my three year old granddaughter and I were going someplace in grandma’s minivan. In the back seat were some DVD’s we have for long trips and for when we need to transport the grandchildren. My granddaughter picked one of the DVD cases up and asked, “Bubu, why do you have a gun?” I had no clue what she was talking about until she showed me the front of the case. It was Bruce Willis and one of his Die Hard movies. My granddaughter thinks I’m remarkable – so I will wait a little while to let her know that’s not me in the picture. Hope that’s no insult to Bruce Willis.

I thought of how we look at the importance of others – their roles, their positions, their titles – and then thought of where I fit into that scheme. My conclusion: I really don’t fit. I’m just me. I’m an original. I am the prototype God designed. And though I may not have anyone asking for my autograph, I do have the opportunity to reach stardom, in a sense.

Here’s what I read in the Word today…
“Everyone who has been wise will shine as bright as the sky above, and everyone who has led others to please God will shine like the stars.” Daniel 12:3 CEV

Paul, another writer in the Bible said something just like that…
“You live among people who are crooked and evil, but you must not do anything that they can say is wrong. Try to shine as lights (stars) among the people of this world, as you hold firmly to the message that gives life.” Philippians 2:15

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Like me, you may never reach what others in this world consider famous. You may never be the main attraction at the concert. You may never get your picture on the front of the Wheaties box. But you can shine like a star by being faithful to your Lord. And by the way… His recognition is worth far more than anything this world could offer you. So today, shine on!

Thank You for shining Your light on me. Let me shine for you! In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen