We may work our entire lives to increase our own popularity and in doing so, surround ourselves with the “upper crust” of society, spend tons of money, etc.; however it is a sad waste because we have been given a much higher purpose than self. If we are seeking to make a name for ourselves for the sole purpose of our own glory, then we are chasing shadows because our mortal life is but a shadow in time. God IS forever. It is such an immense privilege that God allows us to be part of something larger than ourselves and greater than anything we could accomplish on our own. We are like the Cinderella scrub that is chosen to play on an elite Olympic basketball team with a chance to bring home a gold medal! Why would we work to promote our scrubbiness instead of work to make our team better and bring glory to the coach who chose us? Let’s face it—God does great things with scrubs! God passed over the handsome, older, taller and perhaps more “kingly” looking brothers of David when He chose the first king of Israel. God chose the boy who tended the sheep because he had a good heart. God said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7) If we are looking for favoritism in our life, then it should be with God–not with people. God holds the best deal in His hand, He offers the best future and He give us s magnificent purpose. He does this for ANYONE—from any nation, society or socioeconomic strata. God does not discriminate—He chooses anyone from any race or nation whose heart respects and obeys Him. God’s common denominator is the submitted heart–not the outward appearance or position in society. Peter wrote: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” (Acts 10:34-35) Popularity seeking for self is a colossal waste of our time because our purpose is to glorify God. Our divine destiny is found beyond the fleeting shadows of self!