Here’s a little secret: I love American Idol!


I love the singing, the stories, the tears, and our family time as we all gather around to watch. I even love the judges this year—the quirkiness of Katy Perry, the genuine smile of Luke Bryan, and the compassion of Lionel Richie. There’s something joyful about watching these young artists pick up their courage to sing in front of accomplished artists for all the world to hear.

I also admire the encouragement and coaching of the judges. Katy, Luke, and Lionel are well into their careers as accomplished singers and songwriters, yet they listen and critique these young voices with enthusiasm and compassion.

Why wouldn’t we do that? (I know it might sound funny making American Idol into a spiritual analogy, but that’s how my brain is wired!)

Let’s go with it.

If you have succeeded in your career, your dreams, and/or your goals, why wouldn’t you share your journey with others? Why wouldn’t you teach someone younger and less experienced to navigate the road ahead?

If you’ve written a book, share your insights with young writers.

If you’re a surgeon, share your strategic techniques with a young doctor.

If you’re a mom of older children, share your journey with a younger mom.

If you’re a seasoned teacher, share your years of experience with the new one who just came to your school.

If you’re in ministry, share your heart, your personal struggles, and your real life experiences with young ministers.

Do you see where I’m going?

We have ALL been given different gifts and talents that we should never be selfish with. To think you have a gift because of your own efforts is foolish.

God gives the creative juice to the author.

God gives the brain to the surgeon.

God gives the patience to the mom.

God gives the wisdom to the teacher.

God gives the spirit to the minister.

Pride is dangerous and selfishness is unattractive. Everything we have is a gift FROM God to be used FOR God. Today, let’s tap into an area of giftedness and help someone out. It could be as simple as sharing a recipe to sharing your struggles and breakthroughs.

This past week, someone reached out to me who wants to build an app for young girls. What did I do?


Woooo-hoooo! You bet, sister! I gave her ALL I knew about how TAE built the app for girls to go through the New Testament in one year. There is no competition in ministry. There is only celebration that God’s Word can be carried to new and different audiences for the advancement of His Kingdom. In fact, ALL our gifts should be used for His glory. The minute we feel threatened that someone else might be moving in on “our territory” is the moment we need a little self-adjusting.

It’s not ours to hoard.

It’s only ours to use.

It’s not about our greatness.

It’s all about His glory.

So sing!

To the young, be courageous and brave enough to seek out those who have gone a few steps ahead. Seek out those you admire and respect. Ask about their journeys and learn from their ups and downs.

To the more experienced, be a mentor and open to sharing what you’ve learned. Don’t grasp so tightly to what “you’ve” done and what “you’ve” accomplished. God watered the blessings in your life for you to share the harvest and serve others.

AMEN! … You can sing that Amen, too. Or, If you feel real spiffy, photoshop your face to the american idol judging panel! 🙂

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)

1 Comment
  • Amy Hardman
    Posted at 08:55h, 23 March Reply

    That is awesome Annie!!!

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