I’M GOD’S CELEBRITY

And so are you!

Activated - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS MIZRANY CHRIS MIZRANY IS A WEB DE­SIGNER, PHO­TOG­RA­PHER, AND MIS­SION­ARY WITH HELP­ING HAND IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.

MY DAUGH­TER KRIS­TEN IS A CELEBRITY. Has been since birth. My wife and I fol­low her ev­ery move and doc­u­ment her moods, faces, and ac­tions. We talk about her a lot and share sto­ries about her funny habits or lat­est tastes. We give her our sup­port and care, and do our best to pro­tect her from harm. She has all our at­ten­tion, even in the mid­dle of the night, and we get up ea­ger to see what she’ll do in the new day. Her laugh al­ways makes us smile, and her tears spur us to rem­edy sit­u­a­tions. To us, she’s the best.

How­ever, Kris­ten has her mo­ments—meal­time and bed­time strug­gles, and the oc­ca­sional touching of for­bid­den ob­jects, for ex­am­ple. We teach her to speak her re­quests clearly in­stead of just yelling, re­ward her for progress made, and some­times pe­nal­ize her for wrong­do­ing. She’s not per­fect by any means, but she’s ours, and we adore her.

And you know what? I’m God’s celebrity. Flawed as I am, I bring joy to His Father’s heart. He fol­lows my ev­ery move and loves to see what I’ll do next. He sends me en­cour­ag­ing mes­sages through His Word, and pro­tects me when I go out into the big world. He is righ­teous, and teaches me through my choices and en­su­ing con­se­quences. By His

1 sac­ri­fice, He’s given me undy­ing love, and He is avail­able to hear my re­quests at any time, any­where. The

2 re­wards He of­fers are price­less and eter­nal, and be­lieve it or not, I’m His fa­vored child. And so are you.

3 In a world filled with ways to stay “close” to those we care about or have an in­ter­est in, it’s com­fort­ing to know that God needs no so­cial net­work, no mag­a­zine col­umns, no sta­tus check to un­der­stand us. He knew us be­fore we were even con­ceived, and will keep us close to Him for­ever. We’re spe­cial to Him, and He has a plan for us. As my daugh­ter warms my heart ev­ery time she calls “Papa!” so is our Father’s heart touched when we call out to Him.

4 No mat­ter whether you feel val­ued or not, to Him, you’re the best!

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