Candace Payne became an instant celebrity on May 19 after she uploaded a video on Facebook of herself wearing a Chewbacca mask and laughing; the video has over 140 million views. Payne put in an appearance at the 2016 Regional Fine Arts event in Waxahachie, Texas, on May 21 where she talked about her Christian faith (video below).
Charisma News notes that Payne is a worship leader who wants to spread the gospel.
This new video was loaded on Facebook by John Calvin Cookman who wrote: "I was the [technical] director on this event and my executive producer Jon Catron says hang on I have a surprise for ya, this was right before we go live on our broadcast."
In the video, Payne talked about her new-found fame, interviews with U.S. and U.K. media, a vision from God when she was a teen and an admonition to "not try to make a name for yourself."
Payne was speaking to an audience of young people when she said:
When I was 16, I had a vision and dream from the Lord about my future, being used for His glory. I didn’t understand the interpretation of it. I still, to this day, at 37 years old, try to figure that dream out. But that dream has never left my heart, nor my mind, nor the way that I walk and follow Jesus, right.
And I know that God has gifted me in many different areas and sometimes I feel like I wake up and I'm a jack of many trades and a master of none because I have that creative buzz in me constantly going. Can I tell you what I've learned and I would tell myself at your age is this.
It doesn't matter how talented, how anointed, how gifted, how passionate or how willing you are if you're not fit to do the things that God has called you to do. And that is spiritually fit. The thing that will take you further and farther in the Kingdom of God is three things: Diligence. Be diligent in the work of the Lord. Patience.
Have those moments where you stop and you wait upon the Lord. Don't rush into ministry or a good opportunity because it looks shiny. Wait for the voice of God to direct you. And then the third thing, it's the biggest thing. If I could get to my 16-year-old self, is have obedience. When He tells you move, move. When he tells you stop, stop.
When He tells you indulge in the delights of my table, indulge. But when He tells you that's not yours, you can't have it, step away. Do not try to make a name for yourself. His name will always out-shadow yours.
(Note: Religious part begins at 7:15 mark)