Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, and founded the Disney Empire. Once someone asked him, "How does it feel to be a celebrity?"

"Feels fine," Disney said, but he didn't stop there. "Feels fine when it helps get a good seat for a football game. But celebrity status never helped me make a good film or command the obedience of my daughter. It doesn't even keep the fleas off our dogs—and if celebrity won't give me an advantage over a couple of fleas, then there can't be that much in being a celebrity."

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Our culture places great importance on public recognition—but it's not who we are in public that defines us. It's who we are when no one is watching—in the high calling of our daily work.

"Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD. "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word."

(Isaiah 66:2)

Originally Published: Sunday, December 23, 2012

Howard E. Butt, Jr., served as president of the H. E. Butt Foundation until 2014. He is the founder of Laity Lodge and The High Calling, and serves as vice chairman of the H. E. Butt Grocery Company.


A Christian's ultimate aim is not to get into heaven and endlessly relax. Rather, as we see in the Garden of Eden, work is an essential part of God's design for paradise. God gave Adam a vocation: to name the animals and tend to the garden. Just as every member of the Trinity works to glorify every other member, so are we created to glorify God with our work. Like Adam, we are called to create and cultivate good things for God's kingdom on earth.

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