One of the Best Inspirational Videos Ever

Susan Boyle sings I Dreamed a Dream, from Les Miserables

Wanted: Foolish, weak, lowly, despised. Know anyone who fits that job description?

If you’ve never seen the Susan Boyle Audition video, trust me, now’s the time. Click HERE and you’ll see why it’s titled, One of the Best Inspirational Videos Ever. Then click the “back” button and I’ll tell you the story.

She was an unemployed, unknown, uncool, middle-aged, professional-singer-wannabe. By all appearances, a total loser. Foolish, weak, lowly, despised.

If eye rolling were an Olympic sport, Simon Cowell would have won a gold medal that night on Britain’s Got Talent. But it wasn’t just Simon. The entire studio audience and millions of those watching from home joined in.

That is, until Susan Boyle began to sing.

One of the things I love most about the Lord is the way he flips everything on its head. He deliberately chooses the Susan Boyles of the world. But why?

God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.*

When the Susan Boyles stand up to sing, the Bob Bevingtons are left standing in the back row, astonished and ashamed. Rolling our eyes, not at Susan, but at ourselves instead. And in those moments, something deep and profound rings true. One Christian commentator put it like this:

It’s a story of a great God-given gift that’s wrapped in a very lowly package. The package makes the gift and Giver even more noticeable, more glorious. Her video went viral while millions of others barely register a blip.

Think about it. Every person who becomes united to Christ by genuine faith is a grace-receptacle wrapped in dust. That’s our reality. In and of ourselves, apart from Christ, we are all “things that are not.” Then, for reasons he alone understands, God comes along and . . .

. . . because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”*

Jesus came common. The unimaginably glorious Person personified the paradox. “He had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised and we esteemed him not.”**

So let’s join Jesus today. Let’s apply for the one job we all qualify for: foolish, weak, lowly, despised. Let’s gladly take our ball-of-dirt packages, and our God-given gifts, and empowered by grace, let’s make the Giver look great. Because he truly is.

*1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (ESV)    ** Isaiah 53:2a-3 (ESV)

PS Susan Boyle’s second record was a Christmas album titled, The Gift. It was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

  • Susan Moore

    Hi Bob,
       I now like Susan Boyle; who’da thunkit?  When people ask me how it was that I became a Cellar Dweller, I tell them it’s because you heckled me. The truth is, as I remember, after I made a couple hesitant, very ambivalent inquiries into attending a group, you contacted me a couple time over a couple months.  The truth is, I did not become a group member because you persevered, it’s because you waited for me.  It completely unnerved me.  I couldn’t sleep. In my entire life, only one other person had ever waited for me like that;
    a man named Jesus. You are obviously a Kingly-brother, an heir to the throne!
       And a God-send to me.  Thank-you!!!

    • Bob Bevington

      Thanks, Susan. Likewise, you are a Godsend to me, and all the Cellar Dwellers!