Welcome to Potter Tuesday. If you’ve been plugged into Potter news, you’ll know that our beloved Alan Rickman has passed on. This week we move on to chapter 8 of Sorcerer’s Stone, The Potions Master. So, in honor of Mr. Rickman, let’s begin today’s post…
“Ah, yes,” he said softly, “Harry Potter. Our new—celebrity.” ~ Professor Snape
Snape’s very first line in the books, and a line Mr. Rickman got to deliver in the films, is one of the character’s famous quotes…
“Potter! said Snape suddenly. “What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood?”
… “I don’t know sir,” said Harry.
… “Tut, tut—fame cearly isn’t everything.”
Though Professor Snape is cruel in his delivery, he speaks a truth that Mr. Rickman portrayed in his life, and the Bible backs: Fame is not everything.
Mr. Rickman is quoted saying, “I do take my work seriously, and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.” When we value fame, we become a bit like Lockhart. It’s all about us. It is all about our celebrity status. How many Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. followers we have. How many people have “Liked” or “Shared” or commented on our posts. When we value fame, our lives become more and more self-centered and less and less others-centered.
Fame is not everything. “For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:25 ESV). What does it profit us if we have more social media followers than anyone else in the world. More likes, shares, comments, etc. But we don’t have peace or joy in our hearts. We don’t have love in our lives. We don’t have genuine friends, or close relationships with our families?
Professore Snape, Mr. Rickman, and the Bible are all right in saying fame is not everything. It is not. Fame happens on accident (there are no accidents with God, but my point is we don’t have a lot of control over our own celebrity). It is fleeting. It will not last forever, and it will not fulfill us long-term.
Instead of seeking fame (even in our small sphere of influence), why don’t we instead seek to become someone worth being known. Someone who loves others with all their hearts. Who speaks kind and encouraging words. Who stops to help someone in need, even a stranger. Who is a hard worker. Why don’t we become people who may be famous, but don’t care about that fame becuase they are so focused on loving other people.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:3-4 ESV