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Seven Reasons I’m Glad I’m Not Famous By Todd Gaddis

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I’ve always been keenly interested in famous people, inhaling scores of articles, books, and documentaries to see what makes them tick. Candidly speaking, for much of my life I wanted to be among them.

As a young boy on the Little League diamond, I dreamed of playing in the majors. Maybe I’d even hit the game winning, walk-off home run to win the World Series. When my baseball career ended at 16, I entertained thoughts of becoming a Pulitzer-winning journalist. Quickly discovering my dislike of late nights in smoke-filled news rooms, I decided, rather than Carl Bernstein or Bob Woodward, I’d shift to business and become a Lee Iacocca or Sam Walton.

That all changed in the early 80s. I got saved, married, and surrendered to full-time ministry, all in the course of a few months. Years later, with seminary behind me, while toiling away in obscurity in rural churches, I just knew I’d one day follow in the footsteps of Charles Stanley or Adrian Rogers.

Then, when the writing bug resurfaced in the late 90s, those names became Chuck Swindoll and Max Lucado. Eleven self-published books (most of which I’ve given away) later, my name has yet to appear on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

And now, at 59, my goals have changed. Rather than wanting to be famous, I’m so thankful I’m not. Note these seven reasons why:

More Demands on My Time

I’m busy enough as it is without being well-known. At this point in life, I don’t want the crazy schedule that goes with being a Christian celeb. I’m a people person who thrives on spending time with folks, hearing their stories and building relationships. I’m pretty sure the macro nature of fame lends itself more to Metropolis than Mayberry.

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