inexpressible and filled with glory

Humility at the Golden Globes
19 January 2010, 8:54 am
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I was listening to the radio yesterday and I heard this quote from Meryl Streep accepting the award for Best Actress at the Golden Globes:

I just want to say that in my long career, I’ve played so many extraordinary woman that I’m getting mistaken for one … I’m very clear that I’m the vessel for other people’s stories and other people’s lives.

I was so surprised to hear her genuine humility. I guess humility isn’t a characteristic that you often come across in celebrity culture (not that I really keep up with it).

But her reference to living out other people’s stories and other people’s lives also really stuck in my head. I’ve been reading through 2 Corinthians lately and this idea of being a vessel for a great story or someone’s life seemed to make a connection with what I’ve been reading.

As followers of Jesus, we have the privilege of living out the greatest story ever told, and the greatest life ever lived. Check this:

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body – 2 Corinthians 4:8-10.

I find this such a challenge, to take up our cross, to come and die with Christ so that his life might be revealed in us and the light of the glory of God might shine into a dark world. We live out a great hope, don’t we? – that this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. And so we do not lose heart, but instead endure with joy and humility as we await the dénouement of the greatest story ever told.


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