All that glitters is not gold
Ecclesiastes 4 vs 4 “And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
We all have people we admire or look up to, we want to be like them and sometimes we model our behaviour around these people. They represent the sum total of everything good that we aspire to be.
Famous actors, actresses, successful global musicians and famous people are the most commonly revered people. Everything about them represents the perfection that life is. They live in big houses, have big cars, and seem to have lots of money and whenever they are before us they look so glamorous. One could almost conclude that they are from a different world.
The global media has magnified them to being beyond human. If an international superstar visits a place or a country they are accorded the treatment and hospitality that only royalty deserves. They seem to have everything that life can possibly offer, their lives are picture perfect.
While watching the news recently, I learnt with sadness that one such actor had been discovered dead in his apartment. The news reported that he had died of a drug overdose. Among his circles it was a public secret that he depended on drugs to keep going. He needed to continually partake of these substances to remain on a high. That high gave him the ability to face the world, to hide his fears and be this super human we had all come to admire and love.
It got me thinking of many other talented famous individuals who had passed away as a result of the abuse of the substances they were consuming. The list is endless, there are so many of them, each one fighting some demon or the other.
Sometimes the person they portray is not always the reality that they live. Humans by nature, despite their stature or station in life, all grapple with the same issues; they could be insecurities, confidence issues, emotional trauma, family struggles, or financial problems. We all have issues, what differs from person to person is the magnitude.
The world has created the perception of human beings who are devoid of problems or issues, the global view they display is a picture perfect life, every single hair is properly trimmed and sits right, the lipstick has a tinge of gloss that you cannot quite replicate, no matter how hard you try.
The reality however is that these famous people are just like you and I, they are vulnerable individuals who need something greater than themselves to live. As I thought about the paradox that I explained above, it made me realise that for the greater portion of our lives we are trying so hard to be these people, these same people with feelings like you and I.
As your world becomes larger, the issues at play become larger, the difficulties you face increase in magnitude and form. Are you wishing to be someone else today?
The very person you are wishing to be has their own set of internal and external conflicts that they are grappling with.
God created you in His image, the only you there can be; a unique individual with a great calling. We all have a purpose, a purpose far greater than what is before you.
As you wish and think about what you can be, start living your life on the basis of the unique gift that is you. Did you know that even though you may not know it, there are people who admire you and wish they were you?
You are an ambassador for the Lord; use every opportunity you get to be the person He intended for you to be. Whatever challenges, setbacks and drawbacks you may be facing, God scripted the story of your life with an end goal in mind.
Start living for that purpose, discover it and find the fountain of happiness that is waiting for you. The answers to life do not lie in you being that great and famous person known by the world. If that is your destiny then, as you fulfil your purpose, you will discover that life still remains the same. You still feel, eat, cry and above else you still need something far greater than you to keep steering you along. We all need the fuel of life, that fuel is Christ our Lord and Saviour, find Him today. Be the star you were meant to be.
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