He said, “I could use your help. We have our banquet coming up and I thought the kids would like to have their pictures taken with someone famous.” I have to confess that I don’t think of myself in that way. I’m out and about and have done a lot in the community. So people tend to recognize me. But famous? I don’t think so.

From time to time people come up to me and comment on my weekly columns. It’s nice. I appreciate it. As of yet no one has asked for my autograph though. That’s the mark of celebrity. Ask Casey Webb from the television show, “Man vs Food.” He was at Mel’s Downtown Creamery filming a segment for his show.

Everyone wanted to be in a photo with him. He was mugging for the camera and signing autographs. There was laughter all around. It was pretty cool. I even posed with him. You could tell that he was used to the kind of fame that accompanies his high-profile television work. He was a natural on and off the camera.

So when I mentioned that I might be available for my friend’s banquet, he said, “Good. I need someone to take the pictures. Can you give me the name of the woman who does such a nice job at church.” Talk about a misunderstanding? I was doubly embarrassed. Who was I to think that he was talking about me? Famous? LOL.

The truth is that most of us will never reach the level of celebrity that some in sports or Hollywood can claim for themselves. Their name recognition alone will open the door for some amazing things to happen. Just think about this: Kanye West preached a message last week and 1,000 people came to Christ. Wow!

Were they there simply to hear him speak or because of his status as a superstar? It doesn’t really matter. Kanye made himself available to God and God used him. He got them in the door with his name recognition. Then the Holy Spirit went to work touching hearts through the message of salvation.

Have you read Psalm 8? David says, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.”

The truth is that all of us are celebrities in God’s eyes. We may not be famous, but we are pretty important to the people in our lives. God calls us to share his love with those we know. So who needs a famous stand-in when they have you? Love them like Jesus does. Be yourself and let God shine through. They will know they have been in the presence of greatness, for God will be in the picture with you. Amen.

The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church in Westerly.

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