American Idol, the wildly popular TV talent contest, will begin its 11th season tonight on Fox. The two hour debut will probably feature a number of people who obviously aren’t cut out for public performance. It will provide many laughs as they contend that they are sure to be the next American Idol only to be panned by the judges.
Why would people subject themselves to nationwide humiliation? I think it is because the one thing they fear more than the laughter and criticism they will experience is better than feeling insignificant. It is a way of getting attention.
Many people battle loneliness. They feel withdrawn and struggle to find something worth living for. Trying out for American Idol may just be a cry for attention. Unfortunately, many of us do not grasp the reality that we are ordinary human beings. We can sing fine a crowd, but we’re not soloists. We do well at the things that we do, but we weren’t meant to stand out on a national stage.
When a person feels shy or ignored, he or she can become withdrawn and begin looking for acceptance in all the wrong places. I believe that’s why so many good people become entangled in bad relationships. They want a life of purpose, but can’t seem to find what will bring them joy and fulfillment. Sound familiar?
Jesus Christ came to earth to provide each of us a sense of purpose. He knows that we are not all lead singers. He knows that we may not be able to dance perfectly or walk the runway at a Paris fashion show. Still, He sees our worth. He understands that we are all created in God’s image and have incredible potential. He was also willing to do something about it!
Jesus took the price of our failings on His own shoulders. He paid that price on the cross of Calvary and now, He offers each of us the promise of new life in Him. All we need to do is accept His offer. It all begins with a prayer: “Dear Jesus, I need Your help. I need Your purpose in my life. I am sorry for the wrong things I have done. I want to live for you. Please be Lord and Savior of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen!”
If you prayed that prayer, please click the button below and someone will contact you soon so you can find your purpose in life.
- Bill Hennessy