[quote="NewEvanglztn, post:5, topic:230264"]
So far so good, but the extreme example of a firework goes beyond encouragement to unrealistic expectations. Suppose you are a fantastic flutist, the best in the world even. How many people in the U.S. would pay to go to a flute concert? (no offense to you flutists of course) Our talents may not be appreciated in the way the song suggests they will. There is an unhealthy dose of "the gospel of self esteem" mixed in to this song. Essentially the gospel of self esteem says, you can do anything!, you are amazing!, if you just believe in yourself it will happen!.
And Jesus saith to him: If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Yes, I know I have my limits, as just a tiny little human being, especially in ~this~ broken world we live in... but will this world last forever? I understand how you might consider it unsafe, even dangerous, and worry people might try to go past their own limits, and fall flat on their faces... but even then, as long as we keep our faith, and eyes, on God... we can still learn valuable lessons from trying, and even from getting tripped up... even if the best we can manage is to get up in front of a cafe full of people and read a poem we wrote... in ~some~ ways, one can see such a seemingly small task, to be a very ~big~ deal, from the standpoint of someone who's afraid of public speaking ~lol~
When you do that, with friends and family who ~know~ how hard such a task was for you, then, in ~at least~ that ~personal~ way, then Very Much so, "Our talents ~are~ appreciated in the way the song suggests they will."
~I~ don't like to get tripped up by the popular "self inflated" ideas of self esteem and such ~either~... but I'm not going to dismiss something in which I can ~feel~ the Love of God in, when I look for ~that~ instead of something negative... ~regardless~ of what the artist may or may not have intended...
Nothing in this world is done, without God's permission, and even in the darkest moments in my life, I can find peace and goodness at the heart of them.
Sounds nice, but most of us know the truth, we can't all be as popular as Katy Perry, even for 15 minutes, and while our talents at work for God's Kingdom may be applauded in Heaven, its a tougher crowd down here. Our dignity is our identity as being part of the family of God. It is not based on popularity or anything we have done.
So there is my two cents. ;)
I don't worry about the "crowd down here"... except that I know God is watching, and that makes me feel both very safe, and very mindful, of what I'm about =)