We all are familiar with that little voice that lures us to want to “be something.” Most of us know something of the disappointment that comes from having once had big dreams that we never got close to fulfilling. We might even be haunted by a voice that whispers even now that we were intended for something “great.” Andrea pursued that dream. She says, “I wanted to be someone. I wanted the fame, the attention, the acclaim. I wanted people to say, ‘See what she made of herself?’” At times that dream still haunts her. When she’s pushing through the sometimes mundane tasks of being a mom and wife she hears that voice saying, “You could’ve been someone. Now you’re just a mom.”
Yes, we hear that voice whispering in our ears that we should be somebody, or that it is a huge disappointment that we didn’t achieve the glory that we longed for. But the example of Jesus Christ shouts to us that when we hear that message we badly need to see it for the lie that it is. All the acclaim or the achievement that we think we long for will only leave us feeling empty, needing to find something else to quiet the ache in our souls. The example of Jesus tells us that what we are created for is to give ourselves up in service to the only One who is due all glory. It is as we seek to serve our great God in all we do that even the mundane tasks of life begin to take on real meaning. Andrea wrote, “Christ set me free from the pressure of becoming something. His death reminds me that it was never about me anyway.” Amen to that.