Celebrities are everywhere in our culture. Their pictures and stories fill the covers of magazines at the checkout lines. Their accounts fill the social media feeds of millions. Entire television shows – and whole networks – exist just to tell us the details of their lives. Sports, fashion, music, films and television…they have given us plenty of people that grab our attention.

But getting attention is not the same thing as deserving our attention. The most influential lives aren’t always the ones that appear so at the moment. The greatest leaders spent most of their lives in obscurity before circumstances finally pushed them into the spotlight. The greatest heroes were only known as “good people” until some choice, some act, some unforeseen moment suddenly pushed them into notoriety. Character and integrity don’t grow because of a spotlight. They are formed in quiet decisions and Heart of a Championdisciplines that shape who we are when no one is looking. If a spotlight suddenly happens to shine on such a soul, it then simply reveals what has been growing beneath the surface for a very long time.

This Sunday at Liberty Hill I’ll be talking about just such a leader; a hero who became a celebrity in ancient Israel after he was lifted from obscurity. He went from being the “least” in his family to being a man that shaped a nation. Join us at 10:30 AM as we see that a being a hero is first and foremost about the hidden heart, long before the rest of world sees the actions of the life.

Grace Received,

Joe Payne