Our culture is obsessed with celebrities, elevating whoever is seen as beautiful, talented, or gifted and dismissing those who seem plain, ordinary, or mundane.
We are drawn toward people who entertain, whether musician, actor, or athlete. In doing so we exaggerate the gap that exists between the celebrity and the people we share life with.
I recently came to the realization that I am not all that enamored by those the culture sets apart from the rest of us. I am instead drawn to the man or woman who lives his or her life with complete confidence in Jesus Christ.
The Bible study teacher who prays fervently for a group of rambunctious fifth and sixth graders, believing God has a glorious plan for each.
The special education teacher who values the tremendous worth of every child, oblivious to whatever labels others may place upon the children in his or her care.
The husband and father who works sixty hours a week, saving money out of each paycheck so that his children can attend college.
The grandparents who let go of their retirement plans, accepting the challenge of parenting yet another generation.
The teenager who stands against the flow of their culture, declaring his or her commitment to live a life of sexual purity.
Yes, I am most certainly drawn to the very ordinary individual who allows himself or herself to be used in extraordinary fashion by God.