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Don’t believe your own press
Posted: Sep 8, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

When I was in high school, I was a part of our school’s journalism department. I was the sports editor. Before being called into the ministry, I had some level of interest in being a sports writer. Aside from lunch, English was probably the subject that I enjoyed the most as a high school student. I loved going to the sporting events, taking pictures and writing the articles for the student yearbook that came out at the spring of every year. I still remember my teacher (Mrs. Jenkins) told us to keep a copy of all of the stories that we wrote for our very own string book. A string book is simply a compilition of work completed by an author. So, as an 18 year old kid, I had my very own string book. I actually still have it to this day. A few days ago, I pulled it out and began to read through some of the things that I wrote back in high school. Wow is the only word that comes to mind at this point. Let’s just say that my view on reality now as compared to when I was a senior in high school are a little bit different.

I was a senior in high school in 1998 and at that time, the internet was just coming onto the scene. Information, though easily accessible then was nowhere near as readily available as it is today. In today’s age, if you do something newsworthy, it can literally be spread around the globe in a matter of seconds. Have you ever realized how obsessed with celebrities we are in this country? Don’t believe me? Have you ever looked at the magazines that are in the check out line waiting for you at the grocery store? They are all about which celebrity is sleeping with who and who is having who’s baby and so on. To be honesty with you…..I don’t care who Jessica Simpson is dating. I am not interested in knowing how Brad Pitt’s and Angelina Jolie’s relationship is doing. I have a hard enough time keeping Corey Baker on track to worry about that kind of stuff.

Living in such a high profile position must be very challenging. To have every move and decision you make critiqued by a cast of millions is a sobering thought. I read an article recently about Tiger Woods who is by far the most popular golfer and is quite possibly the most popular athlete in the world. When asked about the key to his success he said, “I never read to much into what the press says about me.” To put it a different way, my youth pastor always used to say, “Don’t belive your own press.” Think about that for a second. Here is the best athlete in all of the world saying….”Don’t believe your own press.”

Believing your own press is a slippery slope. Believing all of the good things people say about you can lead to pride and belieing all of the bad things people say can lead to serious depression. There is one opinion that should matter to you more than any other and that is the opinion of God. God thinks you are pretty important. He sent His only son to die for you so that you could be free. The creator of the universe knows your name and is passionately in love with you. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather know what God thinks about me more than anyone else.

With Expectancy!


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