Kianna Garmanian, Staff Writer
What are your goals, dreams, and aspirations in life? Where do you see yourself in five, 10, or 20 years down the line? Who will you be as an individual? Where will you be living? Will you be single, married, or have a family of your own? Will you be rich, famous, or successful? What will your career and work situation look like? Will you be happy with the choices you made in life?
Now, I realize that those are difficult questions to answer, since none of us can predict our futures. For some of you, just thinking about those questions may cause anxiety, worry, and fear. Our lives are precious and unique, since we only have one. So, how will you make the most out of the one life you have been given?
Let me introduce you to a beautiful phrase that can serve as your motto in life, if you so choose: Audience of One (AO1). This popular Christian phrase refers to God being at the center of your life and conforming your life to his will in all circumstances, situations, and events. In other words, by understanding that your life is made for and directed to the Lord, he is your only “audience.” God’s view of you is what truly matters in this life, and because you are his beloved child, he looks upon you with mercy, tenderness, and affection.
NFL football player Carson Wentz recently started an “AO1 Foundation” and comments: “What does AO1 mean to us? It means that we are playing for an Audience of One. When the lights go on and all eyes are fixed on us, our eyes are fixed on him: Jesus, the creator of the universe. It’s not just a slogan, it’s a lifestyle. Living for him, playing for him, and giving him all the glory. Win, lose, or draw—I play for an Audience of One.” For those who are interested in his foundation, feel free to check out https://ao1foundation.org/.
Try connecting the meaning of AO1 to your own life, visions, and goals. In whatever you do, say, accomplish, or fail to accomplish, do for Christ. By submitting your will to him in every task you take on and conforming your life to the Lord’s, you are truly living for an audience of one. This means that whether you live in Washington or New York, are single or married, a millionaire or struggling financially, a world-class musician or a janitor, you are first and foremost a son or daughter of Christ. Knowing this, it is not the successes in our lives that define us, but rather, how we make the most of each day or situation. If you are a teacher, be the best teacher you can be for Christ. If you are a professional singer, be the best performer you can be for Christ. This concept applies to all areas in our lives.
By fully adopting the concept of AO1, we can blossom as individuals and reach our full potential. Instead of worrying about impressing others or striving to be the best for selfish reasons, our thoughts can be directed towards God and God alone. Living for an audience of one is not only transformative, but will bring about much peace and happiness. You are not alone and never have been. God is with you, and when you live for him, you are living your best life.