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What I Learned About Life From Being a Kid on the Red Carpet

I am certainly an anomaly. As an elementary/middle schooler I found enjoyment in listening to DC Talk and TobyMac, and my favorite thing to do was go to concerts and meet artists. When I went to concerts and awards shows, I always felt a longing in my heart that I was meant to do something bigger than just attend these amazing events. So perhaps, for my family and friends, it was no surprise when I got approved for media credentials for the 2014 Dove Awards.

Upon arriving, I got lost on campus. (whoops) But eventually we found our way, and I was let in and given my passes. My dad as my camera crew, it was sort of like being Charlie and his grandpa in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. I was not nervous at all, because I knew this was where I belonged. The hours I had spent praying for direction led me here, though I didn’t fully understand how big of a deal it was for a kid to actually be accepted into these things. (But I had a taste — and I liked it!)

My life is crazy. Seriously – I am always challenged by God to do things that seem way out of my reach. But standing on that silly red carpet strip, I felt that I could do anything. On that red carpet, I learned that God will send you anywhere if you’re willing to open your heart and let Him in. I also learned that you’ve got to let people warm up to you sometimes – especially if you’re a fourteen-year-old freckled kid interviewing top names in Christian music. A lot of artists thought it was great I was doing something like this so young, but some publicists shied away. I learned to appreciate those who are willing to give me a chance.

It’s not always easy for a kid like me – behind the smile and award show stories, there’s a kid who has had to learn early on that people don’t always like different. So many people my age cannot stand me because of the way I live. My mom says it’s because I live in God’s will and I light up the sins of people sometimes.

Being different and being who God created you to be are crucial in this world. The more I delve into the Old Testament, I see that God just wants us to be available. God has plans for all of us – and I saw the variety of talents being used for His glory on that red carpet. A taste of God’s city, you could say.

This May I will be at the K-Love Fan Awards, in my dream city! I cannot wait to see how God works in my heart, and looking forward to sharing more red carpet lessons!

until next time, maddy

About Maddy Agers (211 Articles)
Editor and founder of The Digital Breakdown. Coffee and tea drinker. Enjoys reading, writing, and music blaring.

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