Monday, August 6, 2018

Joey Chestnut won the men’s title in Nathan’s famous hot dog contest held each year in Brooklyn, New York. He consumed 64 hotdogs in 10 minutes. This was his eleventh win. Miki Suddo ate 37 hotdogs in 10 minutes to win the women’s title. This was her fifth win since 2014. I’ve never met either winner. Most folks have never heard of this contest. Perhaps both will be written into the Guinness World Records Book? Yet, fame is fleeting. Moses wrote,

“Seventy years are given us! And some may even live to eighty. But even the best of these years are often emptiness and pain; soon they disappear, and we are gone.” Psalm 90:10

How would you train to be a winner in such a contest? Surely neither Joey nor Miki are light weights? His stomach had to be large enough to handle 64 hotdogs in 10 minutes. Her stomach must be capable of holding 37! Last year Joey won by eating 74 hotdogs. My mother used to tell me that I needed to chew my food at least 25 times or I would have stomach problems the rest of my life! Perhaps Joey and Miki’s mother gave them no such instruction!

Fame means recognition. Some desire that recognition even if it is gained in the wrong way. In the past few years several students have walked into their schools shooting teachers and students to gain notoriety. Notoriety means recognition. Yet one does not need to take innocent life to gain it. We usually think of famous people being those who have done something outstanding that helps society. Yet, fame is fleeting.

Recently a TV personality asked university students the name of our first president. I believe Lincoln was as close as anyone got. Yet, all those presidents from Washington to Lincoln were famous. Being remembered for doing the right thing is the best fame anyone can have! In fact, a person’s action can be remembered even though the person’s name is not given.

Jesus stated,

“Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Matthew 26:10-13

Jesus told the apostles that this woman’s act would be remember wherever the gospel was preached. It is told even though the apostles were upset and spoke out against what she did. If it had not been for Andrew, we would not know about the apostles Peter. If Peter had never been contacted by his brother, the New Testament would be shy of two books.

Jeremiah preached for about 50 years, but very few heeded his words. Yet, he is known today as one of the major prophets of Israel.

Do you want to be remembered? To gain enduring fame, live for the eternal!

“Then those who feared and loved the Lord spoke often of him to each other. And he had a Book of Remembrance drawn up in which he recorded the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him.” Malachi 3:16

“Nothing evil will be permitted in it—no one immoral or dishonest—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Revelation 21:27