I wasn't a die hard fan of either Michael or Farrah Fawcett, however they were still a part of my growing up years. I can remember pretending to be able to dance in my room, to the beat of "Billie Jean" and "Thriller." And as for Farrah, well I was one of those little girls who played "Charlie's Angels" with her friends in the backyard. Memories like those are woven into who we are. It is hard not to be sad when little pieces of your childhood start to fade away.
Yet, while trying to attempt to answer my son's question, I'm left searching the "whys" myself. Why do we care so much? Why do we get all excited about celebrity spottings, backstage passes and all the juicy gossip that goes with life in the limelight? At the end of the day, what does being a member of someones fan club actually get you? Am I a better person because I have shaken the hand of someone famous? Does it lift my status if I happen to share something in common with someone whose name can be found in lights?
Truth is, at the end of the day, what makes a "star" by Hollywood's standards, doesn't really get you anywhere in the end. My pastor said it best the other day when he said "We put so much emphasis on Michael Jackson and his talent and how many records he has sold, yet he died depressed and in debt. Farrah was the poster queen for beauty, yet died from a disease that took that outer beauty away. What are you living for?"
What am I living for? We all give our lives to something. What do I spend the majority of my time doing, thinking about or how do I spend my money? When I obtain what I have given my life to, what will I have? How will I be remembered?
I think it is safe to say that we would all like to be talented, rich and beautiful. Yet, as we have learned in the last few weeks, those things don't always make you have a "happily ever after" ending.
It is important as we go through life working hard, raising families and doing our best to stay fit and looking young, that we don't forget what really is important. These things are not bad in and of themselves. God calls us to work hard, love each other and see ourselves as His temples. No the problem comes when we end up worrying too much about the things of this world and outer beauty, that we forget to work daily on our hearts. The Bible clearly says we can only serve "one master." I am realizing that daily I have a choice to make on who or what that master is...
Hmmm..."why do people care so much?" It is certainly something to think about...
"whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men. Since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Colossians 3:23-24