He was a star in one of the very first Super Bowls, a legend of legends for his team, his community, and for the NFL. And yet when this former outstanding lineman walked across a Houston hotel lobby where the crush of media was gathered for Super Bowl XXVIII, nobody asked him for an autograph, nobody knew his name, and nobody realized that he was once one of the most feared players in the game.
Fame is so temporary. Can you name last year’s World Series MVP or the CEOs of Coca-Cola and IBM?
The same is true of ancient world history. Archaeologists dig up layers and layers of civilizations. I often wonder, does anyone remember the mayor of Civilization Number Three? Who was the greatest athlete? Who was the beauty pageant winner?
Sometimes we look in the mirror and think, “If only I could be famous, just for a day . . .”. But it is all fleeting. Adoration, riches, and charm are empty. Only Christ satisfies. The world can’t duplicate the love and joy of living for Christ. I wouldn’t trade this life for anything.
Recognition by men is temporary and unfulfilling. But recognition by the Creator of the Universe is eternally rewarding and unbelievably satisfying. Christ said, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)
Fame, fortune, wealth, prestige, career—nothing can quench that thirst inside of us for the spiritual. Only God can.
Even posthumous fame depends largely upon accident. — C.S. Lewis
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder