The Academy Awards: Who Really Won?

Margaret —  March 3, 2014 — 4 Comments

The Academy Awards: Who Really Won?

Watching the Oscars is a yearly tradition in my house—something we look forward to as the cold winter months roll through. Leif and I have high ambitions to watch all of the Best Picture nominees, but usually only get to watch a handful. (Which was your favorite this year?)

As I watched the Academy Awards last night, I did my fair share of oohing and ahhing at the breathtaking gowns and dapper suits, cheering on or in dismay of the winners announced.

And I couldn’t help but think about the runners up.

It’s amazing to think of the people who have never won an Oscar.

Leonardo DiCaprio. Julianne Moore. Tom Cruise. Sigourney Weaver. Samuel L. Jackson.

Watching the Academy Awards reminded me of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6.

The winners at last night’s award show have honed their acting craft. But when it comes to our faith, we need to make sure we stay as far away from the theater as possible. [Tweet this]

The Academy Awards: Who Really Won?

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.

When I read these words, I am reminded of the importance of sincere faith. But Jesus doesn’t stop there:

Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

We should never expect an Oscar, People’s Choice award, or Golden Globe for our work for God. We win when we serve our audience of One. We are the people who rejoice in knowing that it’s His opinion that matters above all else. [Tweet this]

The Academy Awards: Who Really Won?

Your turn: Who do you think should have taken home an Oscar last night?

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4 responses to The Academy Awards: Who Really Won?

  1. I was actually thinking about this very thing last night as I watched. Fame isn’t the goal, but the words “well done” by the One who matters most. I was thinking about what it means to be poor in spirit against the back drop of all that philanthropy and applause. Hope you are doing well, thinking about you this morning as we walk toward Wednesday. Hugs.

  2. Winning in the things of God should be our utmost’s great to see how people put in their all to be the best they could be in expectation for human recognition,just imagine how God will applaud and rejoice when we just put a little effort in doing the things of God. Really excited thinking about wednesday. Looking forward to participating in this year’s Lent challenge.

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