Becoming Famous . . . The Work of Trials, Grace, and Life Change!
The Metamorphyx Journey—Part V
“Grandpa, are you going to be famous?” Ha! Such a sweet thought from my precious six-year-old granddaughter as she listened in on some of the chit-chat about the launch of Metamorphyx, comments from friends, and talk of a future book signing. Behind her innocent question, however, is the signature concern that a lot of us have; are we getting the recognition we think we deserve.
I had to laugh as her question bounced between her interest in TV’s Nature Cat and how many raspberries she could fit onto her fingertips. (Yes, she got one on every finger before munching them one-by-one with a big smile!) Our desire for recognition wouldn’t be such a big problem if it didn’t tend to replace much more significant things in life . . . like vitally important family relationships and our walk with God—which often take a back seat to our pursuit of recognition, a promotion, or kudos we think we deserve in life. The “famous” C.S. Lewis, speaking to humility and a humble heart, once said, “We don’t need to think less of ourselves . . . we just need to think of ourselves less!”
One good friend, with a copy of Metamorphyx in hand remarked, “I can’t wait to see you on Good Morning America.” Another in good fun asked me how long it would take to get on the New York Times bestseller list. Neither are aspirations of mine.
“So why did you write the book?“ asked another friend. Good question!
There are two reasons for writing Metamorphyx. The first is simple; it was a very clear and compelling assignment that God handed me in the summer of 2016. You can read about that in the book. And second, I want the book to stimulate and motivate life change in readers . . . while holding high the name of Jesus. I have no power, of course, to make that happen, but if someone embraces the tenets of life change and life purpose presented in the book—and they engage the Spirit of God in their journey of life—no pursuit of life change and life purpose will be denied them. Metamorphyx thrives on that premise!!
One of my closest friends on the planet, a high school colleague whom I’ve known for over fifty years, told me this the other day. “Tom, your transparency and honesty in the book is sometimes shocking. Why did you go to that level of revelation?”
“For one reason only,” I told Kenny, “It’s liberating . . . it frees one to submit to God and live in the grace and knowledge that he can lead you out of desperate circumstances. In baring my soul to some of the challenges and failures I’ve encountered in life, I’m hoping life change for others will become a tangible reality, especially for those stalled or stuck in a difficult stage of life. So, if sharing some tragic and debilitating chapters of life helps someone discover that a partnership with God is available even to a pugnacious lad from Long Island—then there’s great hope that they too, can embrace life change on their own Metamorphyx journey.”
“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees,” (Psalm 119:71)