Selena stood Sunday on a stage in front of thousands. She patiently listened to her introduction, demure in her waiting. Black hair, dark eyes downcast. She wasn't there for her glory - she went for His.
My daughter often gets told she looks like Selena. Selena Gomez. The tween tv actress, teen apparel capitalist, and emerging movie/music star has similar dark brown hair, wide brown eyes, and pint sized figure. She performs before thousands, is seen on the big and small screen by millions, and isn't known to shun the spotlight. My daughter hates the comparison, partially because she deplores any association with tween fads and probably because she wishes she was more known for being her than being someone else's look-alike.
But if I had to choose, and I hope if my daughter were given the choice, the first Selena I mentioned is the one I'd prefer she emulate.
This Selena is an older woman, not much in her beauty or her composure to garner attention. She appears meek and quiet, speaking only to tell God's story at work through her hands and feet going where very few have gone before. Her life and journey remains largely unnoticed as she spends these few weeks in Canada before returning to the years already invested in Cambodia. There she runs three different programs for the disadvantaged and disregarded, the headquarters of her work the same as where she lays her head for the night.
Her moments on stage were brief. There were many in the audience who probably have already forgotten her only two days since. But this woman, this is the role model I want my girls to watch and to imitate. Hers is the kind of story I want them to write with their life choices.
It might not require of them a going, it might not require huge sacrifice and harsh environments.
But it will require that they exercise a voice for grace and truth. It will require the courage to stand before others, perhaps one on one or to a clamoring crowd, and sing of the glories of their God and King.
Such a life pays little dividends in the here and now. But such a life will be rewarded with beauty -"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!"
And it will resound with the triumphant cheers of heaven's hosts welcoming the lost that they helped to lead to the eternal home of Him who loves them so.
As my girls walk the paths God lays before each of them, I pray that they will dare to be those Selenas whose beauty only continues to emerge through the long years as, by their example, they lead many souls to glory.