Friday, January 25, 2008
I was just reading in the paper about the deaths of actors Heath Ledger and Brad Renfro. These were two young men that had the whole world handed to them and the whole world to look forward to, and yet, they chose suicide and drug addiction. Their examples once again illustrate the truism that fame and riches are simply insufficient. Only through the saving grace of Jesus Christ are our lives made meaningful and whole.
1 Timothy 6:8-10
8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.
15 But God will redeem my life [a] from the grave;
he will surely take me to himself.
16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
when the splendor of his house increases;
17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies,
his splendor will not descend with him.
1 Peter 1:7
These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.