I was listening to a podcast this morning and they were talking about an actor that tried to commit suicide this past week. He shot himself in the head, but thankfully had survived. I hope and pray that this is a wake up call to him that life is really worth living, if he makes the changes to find his inspiration in other places. He has been in tons of huge movies and tv shows. We would all, no doubt, recognize this man. The show then took phone calls. There were callers that offered condolences and sadness over the situation. But there was one caller that was angry. He spoke of how this actors life was so much better than his own. How this man had money and fame, and he was a selfish crybaby for doing this. One of the guys on the show said something in response to that caller that, at the time, was glossed over….but was incredibly profound to me. He said, “It doesn’t matter what you have because money can’t cure sadness”.
It amazes me how many of us constantly look for something to cure our problems. It may be fame, money, the opposite sex, or drugs. Sometimes it isn’t even something that is inherently wrong or sinful. There are people that are always seeking to be successful in their work. Even pastors can get caught up in trying to grow their ministry or congregation. Doesn’t seem like a bad thing at all. In fact it seems like a great thing. But remember who our hope is supposed to be in.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Psalm 91:2
I will leave you with this. We can all agree on this statement: “A man that has a million dollars and God on his side, is the same as the man that just has God on his side”. But for some reason we have a harder time understanding this one: “A man that has a vital and growing ministry and God on his side, is the same as the man that just has God on his side”. But it’s true. You can have an awesome outreach, a Christ centered family, a drug problem, fame, fortune, or the best friends in the whole world…..if you are finding your hope in any of these….you are not going to be fulfilled. None of these things are going to cure whatever it is that needs to be fixed. They may make life easier for a time, but in the end…..my hope is in Christ. If that hope isn’t the priority, then you need to rearrange you life.
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