Live with Kelly was on the other day and the musical guest was a band I’d never heard of – which isn’t much of a surprise. I listen to more podcasts than music. But I heard the lyrics “I’m not famous and I don’t hate it” (by AJR – I know nothing of them or their music so this is NOT an endorsement; but it was a super catchy song) and stopped what I was doing to look.
Y’all. The lead singer was dancing around the stage like Elaine from Seinfield in a gray adult onesie pajama and a winter hat with furry ears. And I couldn’t stop smiling. They were doing what they loved to do, didn’t care what anyone thought about them, and weren’t about to try to be like anyone else just to become famous.
I’m pretty sure appearing on a national morning show makes you pretty famous, but it made me think. Could I truly, honestly, with my whole heart, say “I’m not famous and I don’t hate it” – or am I trying to fit my gifts and talents into the box that looks like what everyone else is doing? Am I happy with exactly who God made me to be, or am I looking for ways to be like “her?” If I were more comfortable in my own skin, would I experience more joy and less jealousy?
So we’re going to go on a journey over the next 31 days, to explore where these feelings of jealousy are rooted, learn what God truly wants for us, and do some fun things together to exchange our jealousy for joy.
I’ll be joining the other brave writers over at the Write 31 Days challenge (where I’ll also be hosting), so come on over and join us. Whether you’re a reader, a writer, an encourager – you’re going to find a place that feels like home. I know it might feel like a lot, to get 31 emails from me when I’ve barely written 20 posts the entire summer, but stick with me. We’ll dive right in tomorrow.