I Was Inspired Watching American Idol

I was. Really.

And, no, not “inspired to sing.” I’ve always been inspired to sing, just doing it mostly with Lauren in the car these days.

I’m not a huge, gottawatchIdol kinda person, but if I happen across it, I watch. This explains most of my tv watching.

I first saw Phillip Phillips on Hollywood week. He seemed like a loose nut. Crazy. Which is why he stuck out to me, and last night he thoroughly impressed me.

The “handlers” told him to change his clothing choices or it would hurt him. They told him to drop the guitar and dance a little.

But he didn’t. He wore grey and played his guitar. He stayed true to himself and in my opinion gave one of the best performances ever on the show.

It’s here if you’re interested:

This kid is an artist through and through.

What I got out of this…stay true to who you are. Stay true to who
God created you to be. Don’t let the voices change you, especially if you are a Christian.

I’m tired of cookie cutter Christians.

Speaking of which…have you seen the show GCB? Christians are up in arms about it, but if truth be told, they couldn’t shoot that gun if wasn’t loaded.
Not endorsing it…just sayin’ that sadly it does describe many Christians.
I know because I was one.


As the created of the Creator, I think we should be creative.

Don’t look at what everyone else is doing. Sure we can learn from one another but don’t change YOU because someone else thinks you’re not good enough.

Only change YOU because it’s necessary…to become more fully who God created you to be.

Change when you are living and making choices under the weight of comparison.

Comparison is heavy, it crushes, it’s not fitting for creation. It often causes us to live in a “performance” mentality which is…well…this says it best:

Matthew 6:1 in the Message Bible…

“Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.”


I’m striving to live out my faith authentically. Finally.  

I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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  1. I usually record Idol and fast forward, just listening to a few seconds or so and deciding if I want to hear more. I watched all of Phillip Phillips. Twice. Absolutely loved his interpretation of that song – and yes, appreciate that he didn’t bow to pressure, which I probably would have done.

    I’ve watched an episode of GCB too, and couldn’t see what all the ruckus was about. I mean, it’s good to laugh at ourselves, right? And also to remind ourselves that there’s always a kernel of truth in a stereotype. I’m certainly not adverse to having a mirror held up in my face once in awhile, even if it’s a bit painful. Enjoyed reading your thoughts!

  2. Brenda Johnson says:

    I saw American Idol last night too, and I thought it was awesome that Phillip didn't bend to the "professional opinion", and it was great that the judges praised him for it too. One of my biggest battles is trying to please people, and here I am in my 50's and you would think I would be over it by now!!! Maybe by the time I'm 70 or 80 I will not have this stupid worry. Anyway, I am striving to please God mostly and as I continue to grow in Him I will worry less and less.

  3. I think it's always a struggle to find your authentic voice in a world which demands conformity. I have always found this to be true as a Christian as well.Great post. 🙂

  4. Well said my friend. While we Christians are all up in arms over GCB we seem to be fine with so much else that goes on in our backyards…. like child abuse, poverty, etc.