Candace Payne is a stay-at-home mom who decided to share a short video with some friends about something that really made her excited. The video has now gone viral with over 110 million views and over 3 million shares on Facebook (as of this post).
I’ll be honest. I saw it come on my news feed several times and just rolled my eyes about another stupid viral video. But, as is the way of social media, I gave in and watched. And I am glad I did. I have included it here. Watch it and meet me below.
There are two thoughts that came to mind when I saw this video. One, I love her laugh. Someone who can laugh so genuinely is a person I know I will like. I love to laugh. It is such a rejuvinating thing. And, I love to laugh in such a way that I can’t help it. When it happens spontaneously. This video gifted me with one of those.
Two, I wanted to know more about this crazy lady that would post a video like this. And for that, I offer this second video. I encourage you to watch the whole thing. There is some talk about what it has been like since the video went viral. That is all well and good. However, in the last couple of minutes, she talks about her faith and what she has learned in her walk with God and what she would say to her 16-year-old self. Watch it and I will say one final thing.
What Candace shared is powerful and true. I could not agree with her more. It was so impactful that I decided to write these few words about it.
Right at the very end she said something that has left an impression on me. She talks about the three things that she would say. If you watched the video you know what they are. But there is something that she says as the video comes to a close that just punched me in gut. Not in the “Victor, you have to watch out for this kind of way.” Even though I do.
What hit me so strongly was that I have for the longest time known that what matters most is making God great. What I mean is that when we lift up the name of God we are living into the ultimate purpose for our existence. Lifting up His name should not be a burden. It should be a joy and an opportunity to remind ourselves, most of all, that there is more to life than being famous. What I did not have was the language. In one short and poignant sentence, Candace articulated why we should continue to make great the majesty and wonder of God and not our own. What did she say?
I love this statement. I will be using it and it will be helping me stay focused on what matters most.