Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous

Jun 06

Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous

Embracing Obscurity

Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything

Anonymous

2013

195 pages

 

When we accept that our value is not dependent on what we do or accomplish, we are--ironically--liberated to do much for Christ.Embracing Obscurity, by an anonymous author, tackles the dilemmas and dangers of our self-obsession. According to the author, “Embracing obscurity is not about wiping ourselves from existence but rather, voluntarily, becoming nothing in light of everything God is and has promised us. . . . It’s about making Him, not ourselves, look good.”

The author is genuine and transparent in his struggle with this topic. When it first occurred to him, he thought, “Wait . . . embrace obscurity? Who in their right mind would want to do that? And what would that do to my life?”

He details his own struggle with social media and the desire to have lots of friends and followers as a measure of worth and the desire to be affirmed for the witty things he posted.

Service and obscurity go hand in hand, explains the author:

Those who desire greatness must become experts at the art of serving the servants. Service and embracing obscurity are so permanently and irrevocably intertwined, we have no choice but to master the former before we’ll be able to enjoy the latter.

–Anonymous, Embracing Obscurity

 

We all have dreams for who we want to become and what we want to accomplish, but will we cling to our dreams or cling to Christ? The author writes, “Embracing obscurity allows us to relinquish our dreams for and to Him—to His timing and His ways. We prefer Him to the dream. We don’t push our dream into being.” The author goes on to put things in a larger perspective for us:

We all want to be somebody. We all want to make our mark on something—anything. Over the course of human history, how many billions of lives have been spent yearning for earthly significance and historical indelibility? One of the greatest ironies of all time is that when we give up the hope of earthly fame and fortune, and instead embrace the obscurity of a life given in service to Christ, we are immediately touched with immortality and are assured eternal glory. Eternal glory. Did you catch that? If you embrace obscurity, you will be known. You will have honor and respect. You will rule. And the more you give up those things in this life, the more you will have them in the next.

–Anonymous, Embracing Obscurity

 

Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous—that sounds like a joke, doesn’t it?—is an important read for Christians today. It forces us to reevaluate our motives on social media and the nature of our ambitions. I plan on reading this book at least once a year.

 

Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous

 

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