Tuesday, May 06, 2008

God's Hall of Fame

"...of whom the world was not worthy." (Hebrews 11:38)

The world celebrates its illustrious figures by bestowing praise and honor upon them. The Oscars, the Emmy's, the Kennedy Center Honors are but a few examples. Every Industry has it means of noting and promoting those who are esteemed within the circle of it ideology. Scientists honor other scientists, politicians honor other politicians, athletes honor other athletes, and so on.

But there is a batch of uncelebrated men and women in the grand hallway of history; those of whom the world was not worthy. They are men and women of faith so extraordinary that, denying themselves worldly gain, they give their lives in unsung service for the genuine enrichment of others -- all to the honor of God alone.

These men and women are renown in God's Hall of Fame.

There is a poem that has been in circulation for some years, which is appropriately by an unknown author (as you will appreciate once you read it). This poem has been quoted by many famous people -- Coach John Wooden, Mickey Mantle, actor James Caviezel, just to name a few -- who, despite their worldly fame, realize that ultimately what really matters is not what man says about you, but rather what God says about you.

I pray that you will find in this poem the deepest longing of your own heart as well.

Your name may not appear down here in this world’s Hall of Fame,
in fact you may be so unknown that no one knows your name.
This hall of fame is only good, as long as time shall be,
but keep in mind “God’s Hall of Fame” is for Eternity.

To have your name inscribed up there, is greater, yes, by far,
than all the halls of fame down here, and every man made star.
The crowds on earth, they soon forget, the heroes of the past,
they cheer like mad until you fall. And that’s how long you last.

But God, He never does forget, and in His "Hall of Fame”
by just believing in his Son, inscribed you’ll find your name.

I tell you friend, I wouldn’t trade my name --however small,
that’s written there, beyond the stars, in that celestial hall --
for every famous name on earth, or glory that they share.
I'd rather be an unknown here, and have my name up there.

Do something today that is heroic in God's eyes!

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