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October 29, 2012

Embracing Obscurity

No matter how famous someone might be, the fact remains; most of the other seven billion people on Earth wouldn’t know him or her from the next person. Add this reality to one’s shrinking recognizability among the multiple billions down through history, and the worldly emphasis on standing out really falls flat; we’re all in this obscurity thing together.

Ironically, the trouble with me and you and the rest of humanity is not a lack of self-confidence but that we have far too much self-importance. To live and die unnoticed would seem a grave injustice to many. It’s all too easy to think we’re somebody if our portfolio is strong, there are a few letters after our name, or we’re well-known at work, church, or school.

As pride creeps in, we are tempted to want more: more recognition, more admiration, more influence, more, more, more. Few have ever given thought to wanting less. That’s why we need Embracing Obscurity.

Putting the premise into immediate action, an established Christian author electing to remain anonymous writes about living and dying in simplicity, contending that true success, as modeled by Jesus, starts with humility, service, sacrifice, and surrender. Such a life involves mystery and banks on the hope that today is just a dress rehearsal for eternity.

When we stop imitating the world and instead choose to embrace obscurity, real life -- chock full of significance, purpose, and renewed passion -- begins.

My Thoughts:
I LOVED this book! I found it to be incredibly thought-provoking and insightful.  The author makes you really dig deep any think about why you pursue things. Fundamentally people crave a sense of importance and want others to validate their thoughts and actions, which is why Facebook is so immensely popular. People post their thoughts hoping that someone else out there agrees with them and validates their point of view. This book reveals that we should crave obscurity and seek validation from the Lord not others. I applaud this author for a very well written book, and wish I knew who he or she was so I could read more by this author. :) That's the only downfall of this book.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there, the November edition of Books You Loved is now live. Here is the link Books You Loved November Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers

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