A few years back I was introduced to and hung out with a few big name ‘stars.’ I could see that they were searching for acceptance in all the wrong places – surrounding themselves with enablers and hangers-on who treated them like gods. You could see in their eyes they were lost, sad. You see, Hollywood may be a place where dreams are made, but a lot of good people can be destroyed along the way.
A few years after I had met them, most of these stars saw their fame turned to infamy – they’d damaged their reputations so badly that I saw them go to extremes to remain relevant in the media.
Here’s an example of what I mean: Years ago, if an entertainer got caught with a snortful of cocaine, they could immediately call their publicist who would prevent any humiliating story from going public. Unfortunately for today’s stars, it no longer takes several days to publish a photo. Now we have smartphones. Two clicks is all it takes to upload to Twitter. Every up-to-the-minute detail and every misstep can potentially be broadcast to the world, causing irreversible damage to career and personal life.
What have we learned from all the great actors – Marlon Brando, James Dean, Rita Hayworth, Raquel Welch, and the most heartbreaking story of all – Marilyn Monroe? Her untimely death caused by the smoke and mirrors of the ‘devil’s playground’ we call Hollywood is the truest and most powerful story of what fame can do to a great person. I believe her accidental overdose was God’s way of getting her out of Hollywood and back up in Heaven.
God’s love for you extends far beyond the bounds of human comprehension. Yet through a spiritual miracle you can gain personal insight into the incomprehensible.
Forget about which star is buying what at Kitson (way overrated and overpriced, btw!). Instead, when you have a moment, take a step outside and just look at all the real stars in the sky – sparkling and shining with beauty. As you gaze upwards, think of the little prayer I quote above. These stars are a gift to you from God. They are reminder of what is truly important.