People worship is at an all time high. The constant exposure to media of every kind adds to this insatiable desire to see, know and be near those with celebrity status.
It is as if people are “starstruck” and they cannot get enough.
I suppose the idea of living vicariously through another’s life is nothing new. I just don’t remember it being so obvious and pervasive.
The exposure to people and personalities, from actors and athletes to politicians and preachers, is constant and seems to create a hunger for more.
I watch those around me go out of their way to be near someone they are “starstruck” by. In many cases it seems humiliating to me yet, there are people pushing and reaching to be near those they see and aspire to be like.
It is sad to see people fawn over people who are no different than they are.
This leads me to more questions than answers. What it is about someone who you only know through what you see from afar that makes you believe you want to be like them? Why is it assumed the life others are living is so much more or better than the one you are living?
Each question seems to point to a dissatisfaction with one’s own life that causes them to fixate on the life of another person.
The truth is you do not know what the people you may be “starstruck” by are dealing with or going through in their own life. Here is where we see celebrity and status as something to attain regardless of what we may know about those we revere.
Yet, each time a person of notoriety falls from grace, we are shocked and horrified to find out they are just people, just like the rest of us.
So, perhaps when we feel enamored by another we should stop and ask ourselves why.
I believe if we are honest, we won’t have a reason, other than what we have seen and heard about those who have left us “starstruck”.
The interesting part is, people are people and though some are positioned to be seen and heard more than others, they are no more valuable or worthy than you or I.
Understanding and believing this will not only keep us from being “starstruck”, but it will help us to see we are all stars in our own right.
When we do, we will see, we can shine as bright as any star in our sky on our own!
Colossians 1:15,"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation."