Worship Leader's Viral Chewbacca Video Infects Masses With the Joy

If your sides ache from laughter this weekend, chances are you saw Candace Payne's record-shattering video as she tried on a Chewbacca mask from Kohl's.  

The worship leader and church volunteer made the video to share the "simple joys" in life. The Facebook Live event amassed more than 136 million views since originally broadcast on Thursday, which shatters the record for most Live views. More than 1.8 million people liked the original video with nearly 300 comments.  

Now, Payne wants to use her viral fame to share the gospel.  

"When I was 16, I had a vision and dream from the Lord about my future about being used for His glory," she tells a crowd at the Regional Fine Arts Festival. "...That dream has never left my heart, nor my mind, nor the way that I walk and follow Jesus." 

She said later, "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 further 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 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."

And if He tells you to enjoy the simple pleasures of trying on a Chewbacca mask, you never know where that will take you. 


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