Thursday, February 4, 2010

Doc Hendley is a CNN hero and Tiger Woods is a whore's hero

I sit in my room dreaming. Do you dream? I catch myself dreaming about being famous for doing good around the world. I stop myself every time this happens because it doesn’t matter, not doing good but being famous. For a long time, I’ve wanted to be famous. It’s an interesting thing to think about, fame. What is it like to be famous?

Yesterday and today on Facebook a lot of people replaced their profile picture with someone who is their doppelganger. Every single person’s doppelganger was a celebrity and famous and every single one looked better than the person that posted it.  In sheer Page fashion, I put up the best looking man in the world, Brad Pitt, in some sort of pathetic attempt to show people how stupid putting celebrity doppelgangers as your Facebook profile pic is. I don’t know if people thought I was serious or not. I guess if you thought I was serious than you don’t really know me…because 1) I don’t think I look like Brad Pitt or even a faint imagine of someone that looks like him, and 2) I don’t care about fads that are going on all around me. Fads I don’t care about include but are not limited to: Live Strong, Harry Potter, LilWayne, Twilight, liking celebrities, not going bald, Obama, and of course the biggest, Uggz.  There are some things that I do like that I don’t consider fads like Twitter or being a mountain man wearing plaid. The problem with fads though is that you don’t know that they are fads till they go away and I don’t see Twittin’ or looking like Mr. Bunyan going away any time soon.

I’d like to think about the reason that I don’t like the popular things. The main reason is because a lot of the things that are popular at any particular time are just stupid to me. For instance I don’t like the Live Strong movement because it’s so vain. Lance Armstrong thinks that the reason that he’s alive today and the reason that he is so good is that he has the ability to live...strong. First, he didn't chose to live. Second, how strong he is wasn't a product of himself. I mean where does he think that athleticism comes from, if not something besides him. Does he think that he created himself? Does he think it’s his living strong that has enabled him to be the great cyclist that he is? How vain do you have to be to think that you are the reason for everything you are? Does every rapper really think they are the greatest? What an empty life.

With all these fads going here and there, I’d like to offer something that is famous but isn’t a fad. Helping people. I saw a quote from Jesus today on Wine to Water’s site that said, “If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” What is people’s main gripe against Jesus? I don’t understand. Life is about living for someone else and not yourself. True life is about making the things in your life that seem like they matter, secondary to the things that matter to other people. I think I spend on average 50% of my day doing things that I don’t necessarily want to do just to help people. How exhausting does it have to be to only think about yourself and what’s good for you all the time...I'm tired thinking about thinking about myself.

If you spent the entire rest of your life only serving other people what kind of legacy would you be leaving behind. It’d be a bigger legacy than Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Wayne Newton combined…because the people that you would touch would actually have benefitted from you directly and saw the love that you had for them. The difference is that Jordan and Woods legacy is just based on how good they were at a game. And it wasn’t their love for the people around them that makes people connect with them, but rather their love for the game they play…a selfish thing in and of itself.  After thinking about what it would be like to be famous. Wouldn't you rather be Doc Hendley than T.I. or Mother Teresa than Maria Carey? I’d rather be no-name Page Trimble at the end of my life and have served humanity with everything I have, than all the celebrities that have ever existed, ever, in the entire world since the dawn of man who have lived for themselves. Why? Because God sees the things that you don't. love. war. 

Things to think about:
-There are people that need your help.
-Jesus sees everything that happens, even if you don’t believe in him.
-not one person has ever done anything 100% alone, ever…not even Jesus.
-Jesus loves the person you are and wants you to progress to be something better than that.
-the smell of tuna doesn’t come off your hands unless you wash them.

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