John Lennon, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Prince, Peter Furler (Newsboys), Mac Powell (Third Day) and now Adam Lambert-- American Idol's reigning contestant. What these artists all have in common is something much greater than themselves. And that greatness is that they don't (or didn't in their lifetime) focus on their greatness, but on living out their art because they must.
The heartening thing about each of these artists is that it isn't about them. They have no choice but to do what they do because their art is in their heart, mind, body and soul. It's called performing, but for these artists, it's the very fabric of their being. It's no act.
What these guys possess is a drive that takes them so beyond themselves that they are able to connect with their audience time and time again, building a bridge between their emotions and ours. They've tapped into and are living out (or did live out) the very essence of who God made them to be. They may not have been or may not be people of faith. But God created them just the same. They aren't perfect, just as you and I aren't perfect. ("for all have sinned..." Romans 3:23) But Adam Lambert has joined a contingent of those living out (or who lived out in their lifetime) the very thing our Creator created us to live out: the gift He gave us to experience and share joy and be a witness to the glory of God (whether we believe in Him or not). And for the artists I've mentioned here, even though I don't know where all of them stand or ever stood in their faith, I see that they do understand one thing: they know to be humble with this gift.
Adam Lambert is a living example of someone completely in tune with God's anointed gift. For Adam, it's clear that to stop performing would be to stop breathing. It may be hard to believe, but each of us has that same kind of gift: it doesn't look anything like Adam's because no two gifts are the same. But every person has been given a gift for the purpose and call of God (again, whether we believe in Him or not). God wants so much for us to discover, develop and unselfishly use that gift.
Maybe watching Adam has motivated us to look to God to find and use ours.
"I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind." 1 Corinthians 14:15