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Posted: Jan 13, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Tonight launches the newest season of American Idol. I have to be honest about the fact that I have never really cared for that show. Probably the main reason being that music has never greatly interested me. I was never in choir and I tried to play the trombone in 5th grade but that only lasted for about 2 weeks. When I am driving in my car, I almost exculsively listen to talk radio. Most of the time, I listen to sports talk but I do enjoy listening to the news, political analysists as well as sermon cd’s. There is the rare exception when I plug in the ipod to listen to my small collection of music but that is mostly when I am driving long distances. American Idol is a very interesting show. I consider myself a fringe fan but to be extremely honest with you, my favorite part of the show is the first few episodes of each season. Each year, there are people that come on this show that have absolutely no business singing profesionally. While obviously done for rating purposes to pull people like me into the show, I can’t believe that amazing singers like Devoon Rahming don’t get picked to be on the show yet these people that do get chosen make me sound great (which is saying a lot.) This whole concept got me thinking….why do I and we as a society enjoy watching people fail so much? I get embarrased for some of these people singing sometimes. Don’t you just sometimes watch these people sing and think…my goodness I am glad I am not you right now. I love when the person just gets done singing and they have completely bombed the audition while the judges just sit there and stare at them blankly as if saying….”are you kidding me?” This isn’t only true with music, but with sports as well. There are those that would much rather see a certain team lose than their favorite team win. For example a yankees fan could get more excitement out of seeing the red sox lose than in seeing the yankees win. I want to be a person that sees the best in people. I respect a person who is willing to take a risk and try out for a show dispite the fact that they may not be the greatest singer. More importantly, I respect a person who is willing to work hard at developing and making themselves better. Every year during American Idol, there are always people that try out for the show that also tried out in past years without success. I always root for them. I love seeing someone who keeps trying. There have been people who have tried out for that show several times to no avail…yet this year, you will see them back again. That inspires me. Failure is a part of life. What seperates us is how we view it. Are we like the American Idol contestant who fails and quits or like the one that keeps on trying. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in Micah 7:8 which says: “Do not gloat over me my enemy. For though I have fallen, I will rise again and though I sit in darkness, the Lord Himself will be my light.” If you have fallen, keep trying. And if you do you never know….you could be the next American Idol.

With Expectancy!


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