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Monday, July 8, 2013

I Want to Be a Rockstar

The musical group Nickelback – not Christians to be sure – recorded a song a few years ago titled Rockstar. The song devotes lyrics to the absurd world of fame and fortune that falls upon those who truly make it big in the music biz. It is an “absurd world” in that their extravagance is so extreme, most of us cannot relate. Rockstar is a lesson in hedonism. The chorus says it all … "because we all just want to be big Rockstars and live in hilltop houses driving 15 cars" … and so forth.

A few weeks ago, I heard a well known business leader use "rockstar" to describe some of his top employees. I attended the EntreLeadership course in Nashville, led by Dave Ramsey. It was terrific. 160 people devoted a full week to discover how to make a business enterprise work. They ate it up!

For Dave Ramsey, rockstars put their talent on the line in the finest of ways. They are passionate. They do whatever it takes. They excel in their work. But for Ramsey, that passion and commitment needs a moral base and guidance from the world’s bestselling guide on moral excellence, the Bible.

I like the way Dave Ramsey praised his team members. Frankly, every organization could stand a lot of encouragement like he provides.

Our Morning Ride team recently celebrated two of our rockstars, Brian Dahlen and Alex Bersin. Both men received recognition for special anniversaries at Moody Radio. Alex does the technical engineering for the daily Morning Ride program.  And Brian is our Coordinating Producer. Top performers. No doubt about it. We are blessed to have them.

God has His own way of evaluating so called rockstars. The Bible teaches us that man looks at the outward things, but God looks at the heart. (I Samuel 16:7) When God evaluates our lives, He’s looking for top performers, too. All of us have imperfections. But how we deal with those, and change our ways, will set us apart.  

The Bible names some of God’s rockstars. Noah, who found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Moses, whom he called to lead His people out of the wilderness. And what about David … a man after God’s own heart. 

I’m sure God has His eye on you as well. So today, go show your Kingdom stuff and perform at the top of your game.

Look how David changed his world with that slingshot … and five smooth stones.  A classic rockstar.

For Moody Radio, I’m Mark Elfstrand.

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