Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Does Fame and Fortune Equal Happiness?

Just a few days ago, people were posting all over Facebook the early and tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 46 year old was found dead by a friend on his bathroom floor apartment with a syringe still in his arm. The death has yet to be determined but it appears to be a drug overdose. 

In May 2013, it was reported that the actor had been undergoing drug treatment. Apparently, he had been battling drug issues since his early twenty's. 

Now, this situation leaves some baffled. Unable to comprehend why someone with so much fame and fortune would be addicted to drugs to the point that it killed him.

So my question is..... "Does fame and fortune bring you happiness?" My obvious answer is "no." Fame and fortune does not fill that hole that we are so desperately trying to satisfy. We desire something....someone. We seek and we seek and we seek to no avail. We get involved in unhealthy relationships. We get involved in drugs and alcohol. We get involved in gangs. We get involved in dysfunction. And the emptiness is still there. 

We ask ourselves how do we fill this hole in our being. The emptiness will only be filled by the Creator. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11
New International Version (NIV)
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Romans 8:7
New International Version (NIV)
7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

Romans 1:19-20 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

I understand the desire to fill the emptiness with other things besides God. I understand the feeling of emptiness and sadness. I understand the wanting to satisfy this hunger with anything and anyone. But the reality is that the only one that is capable of filling the emptiness in you and me is the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Please google the word Laminin. This will explain everything to you. 

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