Monday Musings – 09/21/09
Authenticity over talent…
You may have watched Kevin Skinner, an unemployed chicken-catcher from Mayfield Kentucky win a million dollars plus a performance contract in Vegas on “America’s Got Talent” – what I would call a cheesy version of American Idol.
What did America see in a man who isn’t the best singer in the world? I think they saw authenticity – someone who was real!
When Kevin was asked why he thought America voted for him, he said: “I kind of think — and I’ve heard a lot of people tell me this — that I connected with the audience, that people all across America were connected to me. I’m just a common, everyday person. I don’t look any different, more flashy than I would every day. People connected with that. I’m kind of like the friend next door, you know? I think I also just chose a good song, too, and it turned out great. I think that’s what gave me the edge.”(Henning Fog – PopWatch)
By way of contrast, I watched a little bit of the New York Giant – Dallas Cowboy football game last night. It was also the inauguration of the billion dollar football stadium in Dallas Texas. A field goal on the last play of the game awarded the Giants a victory in front of 105,000 Cowboy fans (the largest crowd in NFL history to watch a game). It is a reminder that you can have all the talent on the field, the largest and most expensive stadium in the world, and yet lose the game in the final seconds.
I was reading these words in my devotions this week: “Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.”Ecclesiastes 5:15
When the game of life is over, there is only one thing that counts – an authentic relationship with Christ. You will not carry your talents with you in your hands, but you can carry Jesus with you in your heart.
Thanks Kevin Skinner for reminding us that at the end of the day, authenticity is what people will remember. I hope you will remember when your name goes up in lights in Las Vegas that it was authenticity that got you there, and it is authenticity that will allow you to survive in a Vegas world that is anything but authentic.
Until next Monday…