Recently, I was the guest in a home that displayed a surreal painting entitled “Hollywood Boulevard.” The mural depicted Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando while in their prime: Virile, lusty, cocky, and ready to take on the world!
Presley died prematurely of alcohol and drugs. Dean expired in a car accident while driving under the influence. Marilyn Monroe took her own life, and many years later one of Brando’s deeply troubled progeny ended up in jail after murdering a peer during a jealous rampage.
Like it or not, our heroes do reflect our deepest values. Heading today’s heroes are the likes of Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, and Demi Moore, of business, sports, and entertainment fame.
Do you ever wonder what lies behind their public image of virility, brilliance and unimaginable achievement? Ever wonder how they get along with their spouses? If they sleep peacefully at night? Ever wonder what it may have cost them in terms of relationships with their children to achieve their dizzying pinnacle of “success”?
The playwright Clarence Day reminds us that “life is but a dream and things are not what they seem.”
Let me ask you: With whom are you traveling in the secret crevices of your mind? People highly esteemed by this world’s values? Or with those individuals steeped in God’s Word, who have chosen the less-traveled path of humility, integrity, faithfulness and commitment to the highest moral and spiritual standards?
“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)
The illusion is that somewhere out there an erotic, avant-garde lifestyle awaits, that will garner me charm, thrills and never-ending excitement; a life that will somehow circumvent the gnarly truth that one reaps what one sows.
The reality is that only in Christ will the longings of the restless heart be satisfied: “In Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble… ” (John 16:33)
I have every confidence that by His grace you and I will discern between the two and wisely respond accordingly!