“But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” —Matthew 19:30
New Yorker magazine once had a cartoon of a giant Academy Award statue with people bowing down on all sides. It was strangely accurate. We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture, and we reward that celebrity with a sense of heightened importance. From the grocery store to the living room, we’re caught up in the glamour, gossip, and lavish living. We’re deeply fascinated by the spray-on charisma of celebrity life.
But can you imagine a world where the people who are honoured are the nobodies?
And the award goes to: the retired man who uses his metal detector at city parks to ensure kids’ safety; the teacher who puts in overtime to invest in each child; the sought-after lecturer who retired to take care of his wife who has Alzheimer’s.
Stories like these are small blips in newspapers, but they will fully come to light when the world is “made new,” as Jesus said. In the meantime, it helps to remember that the real meaning of charisma is to live with character over the long-term, not to charm in the moment.
Who is a non-celebrity that you would like to honour in a big way?
Why do you think celebrities are so important in our society?
Send a thank-you card to someone you appreciate.