Music & Culture
Timberlake Gives Back and it Changes His Life!
Written by T.M. Gaouette | November 21, 2011
Back in July, a marine invited Mila Kunis to a ball via YouTube. Justin Timberlake convinced her to accept the invitation during an interview on national television. See it below:
His actions even sparked another invitation:
Both Kunis and Timberlake accepted the invitations. On Saturday, November 12, Timberlake was true to his word and attended the 236th Marine Corps Birthday Ball. Kunis attended the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, N.C., on Friday, November 19, with Sgt. Scott Moore as her date.
Image credit: Cpl. Johnny Merkley
The thing I like about this story is Timberlake’s attitude regarding the invitation. “Do it for your country,” he said, meaning that Kunis had an obligation to go with this Marine as a way of giving back. He’s right. Not about going with the Marine–that should be Kunis’ choice–but about having an obligation to give back. In fact, we’re all in a position to give back in our own personal way.
In addition to these celebrities doing a good thing by accepting these invitations, the event was so rewarding for Timberlake.
In an online post the day after the ball, Timberlake wrote about his experience, relating the night’s events. “Last night changed my life and I will never forget it,” Timberlake writes.
It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom … Humble, concerned for others before themselves … This was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away (Justin Timberlake).
Timberlake ends his post with, “Thank you Corporal Kelsey De Santis. Thank you for inviting me. And, thank you for being my hero.”
I don’t know why Timberlake or Kunis agreed to go to a ball with a stranger. Maybe it was because they were both called out publicly. I can’t assume their motives, but whatever they were, I bet that both their acceptances meant a lot to the marines who invited them. Additionally, Timberlake’s experience demonstrates how doing something to make someone else happy also can be rewarding to the person giving back.
Giving back, whether to an individual or a group of people, whether to a poor stranger or a close friend, can mean the world to those receiving. But the gift of giving also can be a gift to the giver, you. For example, helping out in a food bank helps people in need, but it’s also a humbling experience that reminds us that we are blessed with things that others may not have.
This doesn’t mean that we should only help others with the expectation of being rewarded in some way. Instead, it means that we should always be willing to give back, even if we may not feel like it. Doing so not only is the right thing to do, but also it will likely teach you a blessed lesson. Most importantly, giving back to others is always pleasing to God.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).