“I bet you think this song is about you.
Don’t you? Don’t you?”
You’re So Vain
by Carly Simon.
AN AUTHOR’S NAME makes it on the bestseller rack. A soldier earns a ribbon for saving lives. Unique politicians revive the economy and find the nation spinning on their fingertips. The quarterback receives a trophy for throwing a pass so many yards. And occasionally, the small guy’s heartrending story gains notice and Hollywood makes him a star—after making a few dramatic alterations.
“Recognize who I am!”
“Honor what I am!”
I THINK most of us would admit we have a desire to leave a legacy on earth. Nothing wrong with holding high self expectations. But what’s the motivation?
LIVING on the border of one of the richest cities in the country, I’ve glanced – gagged actually – through our magazines that cater to the local ‘rich and famous’ and sing the praises of the well-to-do. Every page has a smooth way of saying:
“I’ve earned a spot in this publication so let me brag about what I am. People should listen when I speak because I am ___” (fill in the blank)
V i r t u a l i m m o r t a l i t y
The nightly news celebrates Successful Sam’s success. That same news team then waits eagerly with the same camera to catch Sam’s fall from grace. How else can Reporter Rhonda make a living – and earn a journalist’s award?
THE DRAMA kills me. We cast our vote for human idols yet we enjoy making fun when those idols slip up and their demise is televised.
DOES THIS characterize a dog-eat-dog world? I read somewhere that only humanity destroys its own kind. How disquieting.
I n s a n i t y a t i t s b e s t
A FRIEND back in high school gave me a little life-altering booklet. One of the numerous wise sayings within said:
There is no limit
to the amount of good
you can do
if you don’t care
who gets the credit.
Doing good deeds in secret? Easily preached, tough to practice.
After St. Paul said, “To die is my gain; to live profits God’s kingdom,” his eternal perspective continued in Philippians 2:3-4:
A perfect contradiction to “I deserve recognition because I am___”
In verses 6-9, Paul offers an amazing study in character contrast: man vs. Son of Man:
SON of MAN
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
MAN → elevates himself to places of high honor, as if he’s god.
SON of MAN
Instead, he (Jesus) gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being
When he appeared in human form.
MAN → seeks privilege and loves to be served.
SON of MAN
He (Jesus) humbled himself
in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death
on a cross.
MAN → wants his own name on a plaque and a glorious tombstone.
SON of MAN
Therefore, God elevated Jesus to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
And Jesus deserved it!
WHAT’S your legacy? Go live it out, make it happen . . . but let someone else exalt your name.
There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you pay the credit Heavenward.
P.S. There is just one great I AM.
…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
. . . For it is God who works in you
energizing and creating in you the power and desire
both to will and to do for His good pleasure.