This morning I was humbled in a big way.
For some reason while drying my hair, I started thinking of Farrah Fawcett, and the suffering she experienced at the end of her life. Because of her cancer treatments, she lost the beautiful hair that was always her trademark. It took cancer to reveal to her that her true beauty was not her face, body or hair. It was the beauty of her heart…a beauty that is instilled and treasured by God. My heart filled with love and sadness for her, and I said a prayer for her soul.
That led me to think about Hollywood, and all it entails. How often do I think and spew about the evils of Hollywood? How often do I shake my head in disgust at the lifestyles and lack of faith that seems to permeate Hollywood lives?
God spoke to me very gently, but pointedly, this morning. He started out by asking me how I would like it if my most embarassing or sinful moments were plastered all over the internet. He asked me what could I learn from the rise and fall of the “stars” in Hollywood.
Up to this point, my heart has been telling me to just ignore what is happening in their “Hollywood” world…that they have nothing to teach me, I don’t want anything they have and don’t care to know anything that they know. Because it is evident they don’t have any real answers “judging” by their lifestyles.
But God told me something very different this morning. He let me know that Hollywood has much to teach me.
You see, all of these wounded people are his children. He loves them unconditionally. He knows why they are angry, bitter, confused, arrogant. He knows why they are empty, and filled with the sad lie that their worth is wrapped up in their fortunes, bodies and physical beauty. He knows the reasons for their loneliness and despair. And he is waiting for them, as he waits for all of us, to open their hearts to his mercy and love.
So where does that leave me? It leaves me very humbled. For right in front of my eyes, every day, I am made aware of these suffering hearts. All of the people that live on magazine covers and reside on the screen for our entertainment, are REAL PEOPLE with REAL FEELINGS, and have the same real need for God’s love and mercy that I do.
There are countless lives being paraded in front of us continuously. The immorality, promiscuity, greed, pride, addictions, broken marriages and family issues smack us in the face and remain in our line of vision and awareness all the time. The Lord opened my eyes to the reality of my judgements against them.
And he also made me aware of how much all of these people…these souls…can teach me. Through living their lives in public view, they reveal exactly what they need help with. Their struggles and weaknesses are evident.
What I can learn from their lives is my need to offer unconditional love, and the gift I can give them is my prayers.
From now on, with the Lord’s help, when I am made aware of the “sins” or weaknesses of others…instead of judging, I will make the choice to love them as Jesus does, and to pray for them.
And to hope that all who know me and see my sins and weaknesses, will do the same for me.
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16