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Is it wrong to want to be famous? I'm 15, and I'd love to be a well-known celebrity like some of the people I see on TV. I've even dreamed about moving to Hollywood when I'm older.


A:

Fame in itself isn’t necessarily wrong if it’s come to a person honestly and they haven’t compromised their moral integrity. After all, Jesus was famous in His own day. On one occasion, the Bible says, “the crowds almost crushed him” (Luke 8:42).

But I strongly urge you not to make this your goal in life. For one thing, you’ll almost certainly be disappointed; for every person who becomes a celebrity there are thousands who fail to reach that goal. Fame is also fleeting; today’s celebrity is often forgotten in a few years. But more than that, fame seldom brings happiness. Why do we constantly read about celebrities whose marriages fail, who end up on drugs or alcohol, or who even commit suicide?

Instead, I urge you to put Christ first in your life, and seek His will for your future. God knows all about you; He made you, and He loves you and knows what is best for you. Begin by asking Jesus Christ to come into your life. Then make it your goal to seek His will for your life every day.

Don’t be misled by those who claim happiness only comes from fame or fortune, for it doesn’t. True happiness — happiness that lasts — comes only from God, and it can be yours as you put Jesus Christ at the center of your life. God knows your needs, and Jesus’ promise is true: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

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14 Comments

  1. Merid Tadesse says:

    God Almighty bless Dr Billy Graham and family. I read his book entitled, ‘Answers to Life Problems’ and found it very useful and instrumental guide to our generation at large.

  2. Sheela Choure Hembrom says:

    Praise the Lord i really get blessed by your answer. It gave me new strength. God bless you and Thank you

  3. Lynn Shaw says:

    How amazing! I wept in my heart today for Robin Williams..so funny and made me laugh so much.. He dies and I cried to God to understand why this happened to a dear man. My family talked about this.. And this evg I read this from you.. The answer of course. Thank you Lord.. Still so sad we pray he knows Jesus and peace now. Tku. 14.08.2014

  4. Harald says:

    Agree on everything above! As a music producer I also think God puts a desire in the hearts of some to reach places of influence. These will be known by many and will have to handle the limelight. Once you’re on a stage and do well, people start to compliment you. It does something to you. As a young gospel singer I remember getting compliments after coming off stage. At the time I didn’t see a difference between this and the jazz gigs I did. In hindsight I see a huge difference. If you are called to a position like Queen Esther, then seek first the Kingdom! God may well have put a desire in your heart to serve in a high place, but fame is never the objective. —What you are called to is the objective, fame is the result! Best of luck! :)