The news headline read, “Dwayne Johnson’s MTV Movie & TV Awards speech is proof he’s a really nice guy.” (CNN) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took home the Icon Generation Award and offered some advice:
“We are still that little kid just aspiring to be something better, aspiring to be important. When I first got to Hollywood… I was told you’ve got to be a certain way, you’ve got to drop some weight, you’ve got to be somebody different… stop doing the things that I love. For years I bought into it…. I was miserable doing that. I made a choice that I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was going to conform to me.”
He ended his acceptance speech with a quote he heard earlier in life that stuck.
“When I was 15, I heard a quote and I’ll never forget it. ‘It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.’ ”
I agree with “The Rock” on this matter and I think the Bible does also. As we often say at Journey, it’s nice to be nice. This weekend at Journey worship gathering, Saturday @ 6pm or Sunday @ 10:30am, we’ll wrap up our summer series, titled "Re", where we are re-loading real life Bible events. I promise you will find this a very helpful and relevant message from the Bible. We are in this together.
We’ll explore the tension filled life of Daniel and his three friends Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego. Things heat up quickly for Daniel and his three friends when faced with a decision whether to be honest to themselves (something like the story above of "The Rock") and to God whom they served. Like the modern day story I mentioned above, these ancient men chose to remain true to them-selves, refusing compromise.
Here is a bit of a spoiler alert, close your eyes if you don’t want to know yet. These ancient men of the past chose to remain true to one-true God even at certain peril of losing their life before a King. Daniel, along with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego made a choice. They would not conform to Babylon and the King. They chose instead to be faithful whatever the outcome, trusting God with the rest.
The take-away and bottom line from Daniel and his three friends: When we conform to others wishes and compromise, we lose the chance to see what only God is able to do.
Join us and bring a guest to one of our weekend services. You can pick the smaller crowd on Saturday or larger crowed on Sunday. Either one is sure to be helpful and certain to be fun. God is good.