Scotty was "In it to win it !!!" More than that...I see Scotty as being in the hand of God and being used by Him for His purposes on American television for weeks now.
This young 16 year old has a humility and cleanness about him that has been irresistable. What a stark contrast to some of the other performances during the finale....some just turned my stomach! Much of if was not family friendly viewing!
He is a gentleman when he interacts with the other contestants. He is secure and confident and able to admit wrong. You can't help but like the kid! His story telling in the form of county music has been "beautiful" as Steven Tyler puts it. Perhaps Steven himself has been touched by this young man's integrity and grace. Life has been hard on Steven due to his choices...hopefully he sees a better way in the life of Scotty and will continue to reach out the only One who can totally restore and renew.
But more than anything, I am celebrating with his praying mom. How do I know she prays? The fruit can be clearly seen. This is a well trained, well prayed for young man we have witnessed in the past 10 weeks. My heart goes out to her and every other praying mother that desires for her child to be strong in the Lord in the journey of life.
Scotty has begun well. He has accomplished what few others will accomplish...being the American Idol. If he continues to center his life around the Lord Jesus Christ...no telling how much good he will do for the Kingdom of God. More importantly, I pray (along with his mother, I am sure) that he finishes well. Thank you, Lord, for causing this young man's life to shine...even in the midst of an entertainment industry that so badly needs You.
1. Finding your unique voice in life is a process. And we need people in our lives that help us develop it. We need to surround ourselves with quality people in our sphere of interest/talent in order to bring out the best in us.
2. Teachableness goes a long way. Contestants willing to take advice from the judges remain in the competition and get better.
3. People are watching your character as much as your gift. Several contestants this season have had their character tested . The judges and America have taken note. Treating other contestants with disrespect and admitting wrongdoing have left an impression.
4. Timing is everything. Be willing to walk away from an experience with your head up, not shaded with rejection. Be thankful for the valuable lessons learned that will help propel you to your desired future. Believe that your best days are ahead!
I love this show for many reasons. I love how it recognizes greatness in young people and encourages them walk it out. Lauren, my 13-year old and I, are big fans. Jennifer Lopez is doing fantastic! Steven Tyler needs to clean up his language...for sure.