What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
Even though the verse says "man," this verse is for the ladies, too. I was just browsing online, checking out some of my favorite websites, like CurlyNikki, and came across some articles about some famous folk who've had their share of catastrophes and hard times. I won't name them, but I was shocked to discover that one famous lady from awhile back got caught up in drugs and was selling her body for money. I would've never thought this lady would end up doing that, but any of us could hit rock bottom like that and not see a way out if we lose track of God and begin letting the world become our guide for life. Many of us love watching talk shows, videos, and reading magazines about celebrities that fill our minds with their lives. We use them to compare our lives to theirs, to dream about what we wish we could look like or where we wish we could afford to live, and to fantasize about anything else besides what we've been lead to believe are our boring, mundane lives filled with stable marriages, children, typical jobs, and bills. But think about this. How many of those celebrities would love switching places with you? How many miserably married superstars would love to have a faithful, reliable husband or wife who wasn't eyeing every long-legged beauty that walks by? How many of those celebrities would love to be at home, spending time with their children, watching tv or playing a game, instead of traveling constantly and living in and out of hotels, trying to keep their name in lights? After awhile, that life becomes just like what we think ours are...boring and mundane...and ultimately unsatisfying. Nothing can ever satisfy the emptiness and longing that our souls feel like Jesus Christ. So, if we, even though we aren't celebrities, choose to get caught up in the world, gaining all the latest material possessions and hanging out with superficial friends, we too will gain the whole world and lose our souls. No matter which way you look at it, gaining a "thing" and losing your soul is always a dead end street. The real celebrity we should all be celebrating is none other than Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, who died for our sins and paid the price for our wretched souls, making us heirs to His throne.