by Thom Hiatt

I like Fergie. She’s talented, has a unique style, and she mixes things up now and again.

On Sunday, February 18th, 2018, Fergie performed the United States National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.

Today, on social media and television, people are bullying, laughing at and making fun of a successful ARTist who was simply using her talents to try something new.

A GOOD artist will always try to break the mold, push the envelope, and challenge herself for YOUR benefit.

A SAFE artist is simply cashing your check for HER benefit.

We should applaud Fergie, instead of laughing at her.

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” — 1 Peter 4:10

In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) we learn that God would rather we use our talents, invest in our talents, and grow our talents, than to simply bury them and keep them “safe.”

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” — Matthew 5:15

Rather than making fun of one another, we must teach our children (and learn ourselves) to recognize their own talents, to practice, to work hard, and even how to fail and get back up!

So I say, “GREAT JOB FERGIE for not being like all the others, and for having the GUTS to use your beautiful, God-given talents to try something new. Maybe the performance itself wasn’t perfect, but your INTENTION was that of a master.”

The Star-Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep

Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,

‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand

Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.