1/1/16: Your Name and Fame
Each year the President of the United States and his wife host The Kennedy Center Honors. This is a prestigious, black tie event attended by the elite of the entertainment world that pays tribute to the elite of the entertainment world. This year, moviemaker George Lucas, orchestra director Seija Ozawa, actress Rita Moreno, actress Cicely Tyson, and composer Carol King were honored in the star-studded show.
The telecast was amazing (including a tear-jerking performance by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin), but as I watched, I thought about the climb to fame of each of those individuals. Each of them started out just like all the rest of us; nondescript unknowns, someone’s child, full of potential no one imagined. Then a series of choices and chance meetings weaved the chain of events together with their determined hard work, and the years produced the people seated in those Kennedy Center balcony seats, their necks ringed with the bright rainbow and gold honoree award. We have enjoyed their accomplishments—having paid our own money to watch the movies, play the albums, dance to the songs, and thrill at the concerts. Their body of work has produced the fame of their names and the evening’s gala duly honored them.
What a rush it must have been to sit there and have others—including the President of the United States—talk admiringly about the impact of your life. Who knows? Maybe one day someone reading this devotion, or perhaps even this writer, will be a Kennedy Center Honoree. But be assured that all of us will have at least one important moment of fame. It will be the moment we attend the Great White Throne Honors. Revelation 20:12-15 maps out the day:
- And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (NKJ)
That day, we’ll each be center stage. No longer will we be nondescript unknowns. The story of the works of our lives—the choices and chance meetings that wove together our chain of events—will be revealed, on display for all to see. In what occupations have we spent our time? Exactly what has our hard work produced? Will we gain the ultimate reward etched with the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”? Will our name be famous for being attached to a life that both God and we can be proud of?
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