In the Future…


The quote startled me at first. I read it again.

 “In the future, everyone will be word-famous for fifteen minutes.”

Andy Warhol made this statement in 1968. Perhaps it’s already becoming true.

We live in an age where people become world-famous so quickly and then disappear just as fast. Attention spans are shrinking. We want everything fast and we want it now. The culture around us rushes, pushes, and then screams at us to go faster. Grow up. Experience love sooner. Move out now.

But what if we slow down the tempo a bit? What if we enjoy being young? What if we wait for love? What if we stay where we belong? What if we embrace life instead of rushing it?

What if we sit under a tree and gaze at the big blue sky just because it’s a beautiful day? What if we write a letter to a friend because it means more than a text message? What if we say “hello” to our neighbors because they’re just as important as famous people?

In the future…

What if we forget world-famous and spend fifteen minutes enjoying the real world around us–this broken yet beautiful world?

What if we spend more than fifteen minutes? What if we spend a lifetime savoring this thing called life? Real life. Abundant life.

Free of fame.

How about you…What do you think about that quote?

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7 thoughts on “In the Future…

  1. Excellent post, Joy! It’s so awesome that you’re learning this lesson now, as life doesn’t slow down any as you grow older! :)

  2. I totally agree with you! The world really does want to push us faster than we can reasonably go. This is good for us to learn now instead of later in life.

  3. Isaiah 43:1 “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” As long as my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that’s all the “fame” I need. He knows my name! That is enough!

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