Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 2, 2011

The X Factor

It’s no secret to those who know me that I am a big fan of singing competitions like American Idol. Other than the fact that shows like this provide relatively wholesome viewing alternatives, I enjoy watching the discovery of new talent unfold week after week. So, I have waited in anticipation of The X Factor, a new singing competition with Simon Cowell, one of the executive producers, again in the judge’s seat. One of the things I enjoy most about these programs is the back-stories that provide insight into the lives of some of the contestants. Over the past few days I have watched the episodes of The X Factor that I missed while I was out of the country. Out of all of the episodes that I watched, one contestant in particular said something that struck a chord with me. I’ve been thinking a lot about her words over the past couple of days.

Stacy Francis, a forty-two year old single mother of two, walked out onto the stage and faced the four judges and an audience of several thousand. She said that she had been stuck for twelve years, believing what others had told her — that she was too old and not talented enough. And then she looked at Simon Cowell and said, “I don’t want to die with this music in me, Simon.” And then she sang “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin and stunned the judges and the audience. After the standing ovation subsided, Simon said, “Let me tell you something, Stacy. I’ve done this a long, long time. That was one of the best auditions I have ever heard in my life. You did more than sing it, you believed in it. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. I love you.” All I can say is that I’m glad that Stacy had the courage to overcome the lies she had been told and that she walked onto that stage to share her amazing talent with the world.

When Stacy said, “I don’t want to die with this music in me, Simon”, I could not help but wonder how many people do, in fact, die with the music in them, never singing a note because they believe lies like “You are too old,” or “You are not talented enough.” One of the things I love most about Jesus is that He looked beyond the actualities to behold the possibilities in others. When He first met Simon He looked beyond what everyone else saw and beheld the possibilities in him. “You are Simon (the actuality) but you shall be called Peter (the possibility) (John 1:42). And, because Jesus believed in Simon and encouraged and patiently worked with him, Simon became Peter, the rock-like man Jesus believed he could become. Simon Peter did not die with his music in him but instead blessed the world with his own stirring composition of commitment and dedication to the cause of Christ.

What music has God placed in you? What song has He given you to sing? Who is waiting to hear the notes hidden deep in your heart? What lies have you believed? What will it take for you to have the courage to do something that you never thought you would do in order to sing your song? Don’t die with the music in you. Let it out and sing it loud. The world is waiting to hear your song. And don’t forget that there are people in your path who are like Stacy Francis, people who are longing and waiting to hear a word of blessing and encouragement — the kind of gracious speech that will release the music in them. Be like Jesus and look beyond the actualities to behold the possibilities in others and then encourage them to sing their song.


  1. What a lesson!!

  2. Omar,
    Just about every day your posts come across my email and I read them and am touched by God’s work. I just sat down to read today’s post and just wanted to say thank you. What a great reminder that God looks into the heart and sees so much more than we see. Very timely and much needed today!

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