how to be humble when you’re called to the spotlight

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“Why do you want to be on TV?”

We were walking home from Mount Carmel Bible School, along the same stretch of asphalt we walked every day and he was a farm-boy from Neerlandia, a small Dutch community with three reformed churches.

And he asked me this because I’d said I wanted to become a news anchor. Eventually, after he kept prodding, I admitted I wanted to be on TV because I wanted to be known.

And he told me that wasn’t a good reason for doing anything.

I wasn’t used to that. I was used to boys telling me I could be on TV because I had a pretty face, and I liked that answer much better.

But he saw beyond my looks, he saw the trembling little girl that wanted to be scooped up and held, and he knew it wasn’t about strangers’ validation. It was about my own family not even knowing me.

Since that walk, that day, this farm-boy has become a husband and I’ve realized, it’s not about being known at all. It’s about making others known. It’s about tearing down selfishness, and building up something bigger. Something divine and holy and beautiful. How do we do this when as authors and bloggers and entrepreneurs and artists, we’re expected to be in the spotlight?…

(to learn how, follow me HERE to The High Calling, friends… and happy weekending!)

Making It Home


  1. You are beautiful. But you’re not just another pretty face. You’re living out all those things you want to be, in that seventh paragraph. You really are. Love you.

  2. Oh friend,
    I am so loving these pictures of you! And your words today? I know they are your heart. You see, the Truth, it, too, wants to be known. So as long as you keep dripping it on yourself and your writing, you will be known.
    So grateful for you and absolutely can.not.wait to meet you!

  3. I think you were called to be in the spotlight because you ARE so humble. And because you always, always make HIM known. Beautiful Emily.

  4. You are beautiful in every way, dear Em!

  5. you do look so gorgeous.

  6. I love the photo of you Emily!

  7. what a beautiful photo of you, Em…and what a wise farm boy…you both chose well when you married :)

  8. You’re so darling, and I learn so much from you! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and humility with us. Bless you, dear Emily.


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