My heart has been overwhelmed with a heavy sadness today, as I heard the terrible news that Glee star, Cory Monteith, passed away at only 31 years old. After 4 and a half years of living in Hollywood, I have seen so much pain, grief, and suffering within people who “had it all.” We sit and watch these stars as they walk down the red carpet…clothed in the latest trends, hair and makeup flawless, smiling as though all is right with the world. We wonder how anyone could be depressed or struggling at all with so much money, fame, and success.
What we don’t realize is that no amount of money will ever provide us with purpose. Fame and fortune doesn’t give life meaning any more than one great meal will keep you full for eternity.
In my own life, I thought so many “milestones” would make me so much happier. Big auditions, career successes, but at the end of the day, I always had a longing for more. Something deeper. Something with purpose. We were all designed with that desire in our hearts. We were created for more than dollar signs. Each of us have that longing for more…that void in our hearts that needs to be filled with purpose. But when we don’t know our own value and worth, or don’t know what our purpose is, we often fill that void with temporary things that can take our minds away from that feeling of being lost, confused, or uncertain.
Proverbs 22:1-5 gave me an amazing picture of who we are and what can truly satisfy our hunger for purpose.
Rich, poor, famous, humbled…God made us all. We all have the same design and desires in our hearts for this meaning. When I made the decision to truly center my life around Christ, not only have I been blessed in ways I never could have imagined, but my life has been filled with guidance, wisdom, and direction that I never had before.
While I feel called by God to live in LA and be a light, I often feel so heartbroken to see so many young people struggling as they attempt to find purpose and happiness in their lives. We are in a generation and culture that makes many promises that it cannot keep. God’s word is eternal. Today’s fashion trends, newest cars, cheap thrills, short term highs, or dollar signs will never add up to a purpose driven life.
I challenge you to rise above the “normalcy” in our culture and be a light to those around you. Remember what is truly important. Life is short, and we have the opportunity to give each day purpose and meaning.