I’ve been absent for a bit…I’ve come to the [painful] conclusion that using social media to give my opinions, tout my causes, or try to put forth some truth just isn’t generally effective. It seems to bring

division

misunderstanding

or apathy from most–which I get.

You all have your own causes to tout and put forth where you are trying to strong-arm the rest of us into seeing YOUR point of view. You are, for the most part, not interested in entertaining mine.

So what’s a girl who feels compelled to write and let her feelings out on such things to do?!?  Return to her blog…

So here I am and THIS is what has been nagging at me since Sunday night: The Golden Globes and Meryl Streep’s lecture to us all.

How narcissistic and full of itself the world is, was my first reaction. How one-dimensional so many of us seem to one such as Meryl. That, “without Hollywood” our only options are “football and mixed martial arts, which isn’t art, by the way.”

She’s not alone. It’s the same assuming knowledge and judgements made on others that so many within her camp have been handing down for years. I see all others as children of the God I serve, regardless of ANYTHING about them. She sees me as limited in understanding and with no imagination, it seems.

I not only dream of a world without Hollywood, I LONG for a day–an eternity, in fact–where the things of this world are no longer a concern, a burden, or a thought to me.

You see, my here-and-now includes something so far beyond Hollywood. I am trying to take to heart and put into action the words of Paul in Philippians 1:

“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!”       v. 18b-22

But the world doesn’t understand this kind of love–this relationship that God has graced us to have with him. They think THEY are where we find our happiness, joy, fulfillment. They think THEY can provide us entertainment and enlightenment and a depth we would otherwise never know.

But they are wrong.

So, so wrong and this is why we are called, as believers, to be the light and the salt of the world.

My life, with or without Hollywood actors, includes far more than football and MMA, Meryl. My life includes seeking and serving the God of all. The great I AM. I am a child of Abraham through my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And since the drama and emotion and every story that has ever been imagined comes from THIS source–YHVH–even you, Meryl, will someday have recognize this.

Life for me in Christ is so full that there is barely room at times for anything else. Especially those things that the world values.