Is Fame Fatal?

Like so many others, I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Whitney Houston.

She, of course, is not the first celebrity to have her life cut short. But her vitality, her beauty, and her incredible talent, leaves us all mourning what should have been, heartbroken by what is.

It seems that fame often leads to some type of tragedy. Why is that?

There’s a lot that goes into it, I’m sure. But I think that the biggest reason is a loss of hope.

The average person is looking forward to some future event — graduation, a wedding, a job, a trip, a raise, whatever. There is hope that the future will be better than the present. And that hope keeps many people going, trudging through the daily grind, sure that tomorrow or next month or next year will be better.

Stars, however, often lose that hope along the way. They dream of having a Top 40 single, of starring in a blockbuster film, of being on the cover of People or having their biography play on E! And then it happens…and then what? The song eventually drops from the Top 40. The movie goes to DVD and ends up in the $10 bin at WalMart. That magazine cover is being used as Fido’s training pad. And someone else is “it.” They’re forgotten. Hopeless. So they try to escape the hopelessness they feel, often with tragic results.

The fact is that the desire to hope for a better future is right. God has placed that desire in the hearts of all his children. But that thirst can’t be quenched with anything on this earth.

C.S. Lewis says, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

This world is not our home. It is temporary. It is imperfect. It will disappoint. If we put all our hopes in this life – whether we are celebrities or not – we will be disappointed every time. We will become hopeless. We will make choices we regret.

But if we live with our hope in an eternity with Jesus, a home that is perfect, with no tears and no pain and joy beyond what we can imagine, then we can deal with this life’s disappointments. We can accept both tragedies and triumphs. We can be anchored in the Rock, and though we may be shaken by life’s storms, we will not be destroyed.

1 Comment

  1. Ruthie Dean
    Feb 14, 2012

    Love this reminder, Krista! How tragic it is to see people striving for that which can never satisfy. Thanks for sharing truth!

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