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Topic: FAMOUS (02/27/20)
TITLE: The Celebrated
By Marlene Custer
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The aura of that meeting with Mr. Nixon did pale somewhat a few years later when he became embroiled in the Watergate scandal.
Some time later I was at a fund-raising event for Dan Quayle, Vice President of the United States. I still have the dinner program and his signature. An interesting side note about Mr. Quayle. While he was Vice President my husband and I visited a State Park that had a lovely flowing river. However, we were told upon arrival that the river had been lowered that weekend because Dan Quayle was there with his family to do some whitewater rafting. Oh, the power of those in high places!
While I reflect on these encounters and the magnetic draw of the famous, I am reminded that God’s view of ‘famous’ is quite different from mine. Jesus taught that to be great, one must serve, and “many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first”. Paul, also, declares in his letter to the Romans, “there is no respect of persons with God”.
Thus, as I have gotten older, I have not only seen the flaws in many of the famous, but have realized the downside of being well known—lack of privacy, demands on time, high expectations. I am quite content to stick with anonymity.
Father, please help me to seek greatness as you have ordained greatness. And help me to see ‘the least’ as you see them.
KJV Matthew 19:30, Romans 2:11
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