"How Can Someone that Lives in Insane Luxury be a Star in Today's World" (click the title to link to the column)
by Ben Stein
I was sent a link to this column - Stein's last for Monday nights at Morton's- regarding today's "star status" and whom we see as a Hero.. it's quite a touching column and it's wonderful that someone is willing to say it out loud!
Though the column focuses largely on the war in Iraq I gained something outside of that.. this quote from the column really touched me.. it's quite pertinent to where I am in life and is certainly applicable to all:
"We are not responsible for the operation of the universe, and what happens to us is not terribly important. God is real, not a fiction, and when we turn over our lives to Him, he takes far better care of us than we could ever do for ourselves.In a word, we make ourselves sane when we fire ourselves as the directors of the movie of our lives and turn the power over to Him."
In church the other day the pastor was going over the story of Isaac and Rebakah and said, "It's not about you.. it's about God!" The circumstances we go through day to day aren't about us.... there is greater purpose in all we experience.. good, bad and indifferent. Remembering that helps to keep it all in perspective for me! I used to feel that everything that happened to me was in effort to teach ME a lesson --- BUT the reality is that I may not be the person that the lesson is intended for.. and the lesson (if there is one) may not come until much later.
Stein touches on so many things in this last column... It brought tears to my eyes. Also check out this link to Strykernews to read a very touching letter from a soldier in Iraq in response to his dad sending him the Stein column... those men and women in Iraq are our true heroes and should be honored as such!
Thank God everyday that you have FREEDOM! and thank Him for His perfection in your life... good, bad and indifferent!