Celebrities

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 

                                                            Psalm 103:8

 

…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.  For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

                                                            Isaiah 43:1-3

 

Have you ever met a celebrity—whether it was a planned and expected meeting, like the opportunity to meet a politician or movie star at a gala or event, or if it was a random encounter, like running into David Robinson standing in line at a Sombrero Rosa (a Taco Cabana-like restaurant from years back) or Robert Horry at Ajuua, a Mexican restaurant over on the North side. My encounters are the latter ones, if you couldn’t deduce that. I did not approach either of them, because I figured that they were just people who wanted nothing better than to just eat without anyone bothering them (my co-worker, though, thought nothing of approaching Horry and asking him for his autograph. Horry obliged while the rest of us at the table sat embarrassed for our co-worker. Oh well.)

 

I’ve heard of some celebrities being unbelievably kind and generous with their time and willingness to pose for pictures and sign autographs. I’ve also heard of those who are quite the opposite, causing an unfortunate experience with their unfortunate fans who happen to run into them.

 

Why is it that we get so excited at the thought of being around a celebrity? Is it that they have characteristics that we’ve always wanted? Is it their success? Their confidence? Their ability to interact with others? They really are just like us, you know—they put on their pants the same way. And yet our fascination with celebrities continues, as evidenced by the tracking of their lives on the latest covers of magazines. Crazy, huh? But their allure lasts only so long, given the fickleness of the court of public opinion. One misstep, and their pinnacle status can come crashing down, and our preoccupation with them, fleeting.

 

As Christ followers, we have an opportunity to meet someone Whose magnetism is more than that of all celebrities combined. We can have unfettered access to Him whenever we want or need Him—He doesn’t have “people” who handle Him and keep the masses away to give Him privacy. He seeks to have an intimate, personal relationship with us, even though we don’t always give Him the proper amount of time or excitement we would if a celebrity wanted to spend time with us. Why is that? Here is the Creator of the universe, the Author of life, the One who calls me His own, wanting desperately to be an active participant in my life, and I often find myself being distracted by other things: work, family, sleep, Facebook. It shouldn’t be this way! I get up quite early in the morning to spend time with Him, and if I’m not careful, I’ve spent so much time on Facebook, Pinterest, email, and Words With Friends that I run out of time to properly. What a wretched woman I am! Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! I vow to do better every day, and I seek His help in achieving this goal. He is faithful!

 

Prayer Requests

  • For Pastor Kevin and other leaders in our church
  • For the Lord to send people to us who desire to know Him better
  • For our country, and for leaders in other countries to seek His wisdom
  • Healing for those who are ill
  • Comfort for those who are lonely or mourning
  • For us to seek His vision and will for His church

 

Friends, I just have to thank everyone who worked so hard to make our 25th 
anniversary celebration bash the success that it was. I know a bunch of folks put a lot of time, love, and labor on Saturday and Sunday, and I want you to know that God got all the glory, and we all got to fellowship together. The food was delicious, the music inspiring, the games fun, and the cotton candy—well, the cotton candy was everywhere! <grin> I’m hopeful we’ll get to watch the slideshow that Cherie and Seale put together soon!
 

Quotes

 

“The only way God can show us He’s in control is to put us in situations we can’t control.”

 

“Practice the pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”