A piece I wrote for myself about my honest desire for Fame…and how being Faithful trumps being Famous any day!

It’s ok to not be famous.
Despite what you might believe.
Fame is not a finish line.
Or something to be achieved.

It’s ok to not be famous.
It’s ok if your status remains the same.
The people who will truly love you
are the ones who already know your name.

It’s ok to not be famous.
Or so it seems that I’ve been told.
In grasping for those glittering lights
you can lose a grip on your soul.

It’s ok to not be famous.
It’s ok to not compete.
Endlessly chasing down fans and likes
metrics and retweets.

It’s ok to not be famous.
It’s ok to not be well known.
It’s ok if you never cash it all in
for something you can never own.

It’s ok to not be famous.
In fact, the whole thing is kind of odd.
Fame is man made, a manufactured thing,
not a calling given to you by God.

It’s ok to not be famous.
It’s even better to be content.
Grateful to God for all that you are
Trusting His loving intent.

It’s ok to not be famous.
And it’s ok even if you are.
Just promise yourself to never lose yourself
And refuse to ever play the part.

It’s ok to not be famous.
God may never allow you to be.
But He does allow you to be Faithful.
So today…I will live more faithfully.

  • Such great words. Thanks Jarrett.

  • Joy says:

    Well said Jarrett. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Great word Jarrett. Such a valuable reminder that we are measured by our faithfulness not our fame :).

  • Andy says:

    Thanks Jarrett – this reminds me of one of the most important pieces I’ve ever read. I dunno if you’ve ever read “The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All The Answers,” but Chapter 2 is the most honest and real confession of any pastor I’ve ever read. I cried the first time I read it:

    “Nobody pretty wants me now. The world wants winners. Nothing succeeds like success. Look good to attract the good looking. Die to attract the dying. Suffer to know the being of suffering. Cry out to know Jesus’ crying out. Hear the blood of the innocents screaming; searing pain rises from blood-soaked dirt. Only now am I a parable of Jesus Christ.”

  • Sara Emmerson says:

    Love the line, “Fame is man made, a manufactured thing,
    not a calling given to you by God.”

  • Malissa says:

    It made me think the best famous is to be so with the one person God has set before us at that very moment – love famously!

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