A friend recently showed me a great video on youtube recently… if you haven’t seen anything by Julia Nunes, give this a spin:
How cool is that? This girl has some amazing talent and energy! She has already opened for Ben Folds Five a few times… released a couple of CDs… and I’m sure that as a youtube partner, she’s pulling down a little money too!. Not bad for a youngin’ in college. I’m sure that she had no intention of becoming an internet celebrity when she started making videos, but here she is… look at her view-counts! I hope she keeps her life simple and finishes school… You never know what fame can do to a person.
What I think about, though, is that as soon as some one like Julia makes it big doing what she does, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other young people who start emulating her and thinking that if they just do it like she does that they too will have similar success. But what I have seen so many times is people trying to mimic some one else’s thing to get to that elusive somewhere. Let’s face it, there will only be one Jared… I’m sure that Subway gets thousands of letters about people losing weight, but they already have their “face”… Even the late night infomercials that pitch the latest get-rich-system always include fine print in their testimonials that says “results not typical”.
For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. Romans 11:29
The truth is that God has given each of us our own specific call… our own gifts that he has given to us… and when we offer them back to him, he will show us things that go beyond all that we could ever ask or think! I believe that there will always be plenty to learn from others who have found success, but we each have our own road to walk and a great Guide to get us to the finish.