AMERICAN IDOL may not be the mega-hit that it was in its heyday when it was pumping out superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, or Jennifer Hudson, but it still provides young talent the opportunity to enter into the living rooms of millions of viewers each week and rise in the ranks of stardom. One such young talent in 2015 was teen dream contestant, Daniel Seavey.
At just 15 years of age, Daniel was among Season 14's youngest contestants. His boyish good looks, sweet smile, positive attitude, and musical talent made him an instant crowd favorite. In Portland, OR, he was handed his “golden ticket” to join a mass of other hopefuls in Hollywood. Much to his family’s surprise, he made it through “Hollywood Week” and into the “Top 24” and begin performing before live audiences. His success kept rolling, until he found himself in the “Top 12” competing for America’s vote to become the next American Idol.
Wow—that’s a heavy title. American Idol. The dictionary defines the word idol as “an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship,” or “a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered.” How on earth was this young man supposed to handle the stress of being idolized—worshipped and revered—by millions. It’s a question his mother wondered, too.
Daniel’s mom, Keri Seavey, is mother to four children, is a pastor’s wife, women's ministry leader, biblical counselor, speaker, and writer who blogs regularly for the Biblical Counseling Coalition. She and her husband have raised Daniel in a Christian home and have been there for him each step of the journey to guide him on the precarious road to fame and fortune.
I am very proud of how he has been dealing with his overnight popularity. He's learning the value of not "believing his own press" with respect to over-the-top praise or difficult-to-hear-read negative feedback. He is learning what it means to anchor his identity in who he already is in Christ, and not what people think of him or how they respond to him. …
I pray that God's will would be done regarding how far we ride this crazy train! More importantly, I pray for Daniel's heart. My desire is that this experience with American Idol would be a means that God uses to help him understand and live in the reality of who he is in Christ. I pray that both the praise and criticism he receives would be light and inconsequential in comparison to the weightiness of the acceptance and love that he already has in Christ.
My son's name, Daniel, means "God is my judge." How fitting! I pray that as Daniel is judged weekly on his singing performance, that his true and deeper joy would come in knowing that the true Judge has based his love for Daniel on the perfect performance of Christ. Daniel does not need to perform for God to earn his love. He already has it by faith, because of the performance and merits of Christ!
*Note: Daniel was eliminated from the competition on 4/1/15, going home in 9th place.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
"For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us" (Isaiah 33:22).