Last year, a Christian author and I connected on social media, which, to my surprise, led to him reaching out to me directly about connecting by FaceTime. I was thrilled! Here I was, a no-name writer being contacted by an established writer in the business. Of course, I needed to be well versed and familiar with him prior to meeting him, so I bought his recent book. This was going to be such a great opportunity to learn from someone with a strong reputation in the writing business!
A few weeks passed. He never reached out…
A message would pop up in my Twitter inbox a few weeks later, saying, “Hey, we gotta connect soon!”
Weeks passed. Nothing.
This went on for a year.
A respected writer who I once considered a hero suddenly left me questioning his authenticity…
I’ve heard it said: never meet your heroes.
What is it about human beings who are placed on pedestals, only to be disappointed when they fall? Our culture thrives of celebrity worship, but are we setting ourselves up for disappointment?
I know you’ve been in that state of disillusionment before, just as I have a thousand times. People don’t live up to the hype that we place on them. Perfect example: when we start a dating relationship, the other person seems like an angel, only to learn that they too have flaws and brokenness.
There’s a difference between influence and idolatry. We can impact the lives of others, but we were never meant to be worshipped. We are all sin-sick, broken human beings who are all in need of life, grace, and truth.
“Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.” – Hebrews 13:7-8
Notice the contrast:
Human beings: “Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you…”
Jesus: “For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.”
Human beings can influence, but they will also stumble and fall. Jesus remains the same. Jesus is constant. Jesus can be fully trusted.
Who holds your deepest trust?
What heroes have you established in your heart who aren’t eternally constant?
If you take a good look at Jesus, I sincerely believe that you will never be disappointed.