2008-11-24 - Putting Celebrities in Their Place
I was nervous and excited about the prospect of meeting a famous NASCAR driver. He was scheduled to be in my area, promoting one of his products. The first 10 people who purchased one of the expensive products were guaranteed an autograph. The ad endorsing the appearance indicated he would be available for 90 minutes, certainly enough time to meet his other fans, I thought. I was not alone in my thinking.
I arrived an hour early, to find his race car parked in front of the store, and a line of people inside. Although the advertisement said to come and "meet" the racing star, the verb meet was only intended to those 10 people. Not the hundred of us holding pictures, toy cars, books, and other items to be signed by the famous driver. The ad failed to mention that in the 90 minutes, the sport star would be doing a television interview, taking pictures with the 10, and then spending one-on-one time with them in another room, promoting another of his products. It's a great marketing scheme, and I admit getting caught up in it. I too could have experienced time with this superstar, but I wasn't willing to purchase a non-essential item that cost four times my monthly phone bill.
I left the store disappointed, angry, and sad for the other hopeful fans.
The experience has not affected my admiration for the sport, although my attitude toward the driver and the event's promotional team could use an adjustment. What good does my unforgiveness and bitterness get me? Vindication? An autograph? Hardly. Does it teach me a lesson? Yes. I used the incident to put the Bible to the test. In Proverbs 15:13, it states: "A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day." (The Message) Just reading those uplifting words out loud helped put my feelings into perspective. I was not going to let a disappointing experience affect my mood any longer. Verse 15 says that life is meant to be joyful, and that is what I intend to do!
Lord, Forgive me when I have put celebrities on a pedestal. I pray for them and the pressure that they are under to be good role models. I pray for those who do not follow after You. May their hearts be softened, lifestyles changed, and ready to learn more about what joy You can bring to their lives. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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