Wednesday, August 1, 2007

A Lesson from Lindsay . . .

Lindsay wasn't the first, nor will she be the last, but everyone's talking about it. Why do celebrities who have everything seem so unhappy? So self-destructive?

The problem begins with the longing of our soul. Fulfillment is an elusive treasure, always a goal away. But what if you achieve your goals? What then? Think about it. If you're a football player, you work and train for years to win a Superbowl. Then you finally win it. What then? Try to win another one? Achievements are great but they must be seen for what they are. They do not equal fulfillment.

If only I were rich - (Lindsay is rich.) If only I were famous - (Lindsay is famous.) If only I were good looking - (Lindsay is considered by many to be attractive. )

So what's the problem. Lindsay, like other celebrities, who have garnered "everything", find that fulfillment does not lie in a large bank account, the adoration of fans, or the cover of a magazine.

We are born incomplete. Our true equilibrium lies only in being united with our creator. Our souls know this. Our soul knows that it was created by God. Our soul knows that true fulfillment comes only in everlasting life in God's presence. Not in materialism, political power, fame, beauty, intellectual pursuit, . . .

There is a God shaped hole in all of us that only He can fill.

Some say it's all about the journey, but I say if the destination has no meaning- the journey is worthless.


Janet Rubin said...

Amen, amen, amen. What a hard lesson this has been for me, but it is true. Only God. Nothing else will do it. My heart goes out to Lindsey, and while much of the world laughs at her downfall, I pray. May she realize her worth and find her way to the Savior. Thanks, Dayle:)

Dayle James Arceneaux said...


Thanks for reminding me to pray for Lindsay. Sometimes I only think about praying for regular people who are going through bad times. The rich and famous also need God. And we should be just as compelled to pray for them as we would for anyone else.