This Means Everything to Me

5th August, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I’m not someone who, generally speaking, watches reality shows, but this summer America’s Got Talent has grabbed my attention. It’s a combination of unbelievably wierd,  self-deceived wannabes and surprisingly gifted, hardworking  entertainers with hidden talent. 

I watch in amazement to the singers who declare unequivocally that they can win the competition,  and then their screeching makes me want to mute the television before twenty seconds have gone by.  Who would think that banging ladders with sticks or stomping on oranges is talent worth a million dollars!

Then on every show there are those surprises that make watching the wierdness worthwhile. There is Thia Meglia who has the innocent look that a fourteen-year old should have but has a mature, full voice of a woman much older. There is Kevin Skinner, the chicken catcher from Kentucky, who wears a flannel shirt and a backwards baseball cap, but he brings tears to my eyes (and to the judges’ eyes) as he sings country ballads from deep within his soul. Eleven-year old Arcadian Broad leaps high and spins in perfect rotation, dancing because it makes him feel alive. Seeing hidden talent from a singer as young as seven or an energetic  seventy year old disco dancer makes me praise God for the gifts He has given people.

But as much as I laugh out loud or shake my head in awe at the acts, one disturbing thing happens over and over again. As Nick Cannon, the MC for the program, chats with the various contestants, I hear these hopefuls say, “This means everything to me. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.” They are placing their hopes and dreams, and sometimes their careers and financial security, in winning. So much rests on a ninety second performance.

All I can think of when I hear these words repeated by so many contestants is how foolish to put your hopes in something so fragile and fleeting. And, if your hopes are realized, how satisfying will they be away from the lights and glitter? The LORD God knew that our hearts would be easily drawn away from Him to worship things from this world. In GGC:OT1, Appendix D, I wrote these words: “Worshipping God means that loving and obeying God must be the most important thing in your life.”

As I hear the judges say, “You will not be going on to the next round,” and see the shocked looks and tears of the contestants, I wonder how they will react to this devastating news. Their “gods” have failed them. Theyare  going home to their normal lives, unfulfilled. What will be next?

I have had “successes” and “failures” throughout my life. I try to hold loosely to my successes and not allow my failures to be obstacles in my way. What make this easier is remembering that it is God that means everything to me. He is the One who gives me purpose, and He will never disappoint me, even in the worst of my failures.

I’ll never be on America’s Got Talent. I have no talent great enough to make it through the first round and I wouldn’t want to embarass myself on national TV. But I am so thankful that I don’t have the pressure of trying to the greatest, because my God who means everything to me will never disappoint me.

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