I know a girl named Holly, born in 1887.
Her destiny began with purpose and zeal.
She set the pace for lifestyle and fashion
and soon became the standard,
a legend the world followed.
None could compare to her glitz and glamour,
an icon held in high esteem.
But as she rose to fame and fortune
her passion veered into obsession.
Others tried to be just like her,
studying her looks and charm.
On the cover of every magazine,
they envied her wealth and form.
When flaws were exposed
they were airbrushed and camouflaged;
it was all about image.
As imperfection increased
endeavors to conceal were amplified.
Improving the external
was of prime importance.
The weight of perfection
consumed her life
until one day she looked inside
and nothing was there.
Her soul endured a slow demise,
not apparent at first,
but when the vanity of fame
revealed the poverty of her heart,
the inside crumbled
by the burden of expectations.
Her fame could not support
the deteriorating abyss
her soul warred against.
The inevitable collapse revealed
an age old battle
between image and reality.
When the two worlds collided
her soul refused surrender.
Her crippled inner-me became
her constant enemy.
Even so, Holly remains a legend.
Her name stands still
high on the hills.
In giant white letters 45 feet tall,
her allure calls out…
“Welcome to Hollywood.”
Tabloids tout the shining stars of Hollywood, but is it wrong to be a star? Is fame a faulty foundation? Is it off track to be an icon and set the standard?
Let’s look at what the scriptures say. Philippians 2:15 says that we are to be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which we shine like stars in the universe. We are supposed to be the stars! And we’re supposed to be famous. In fact, Hebrews devotes an entire chapter to those who were famous. The purpose of fame, however, has nothing to do with us. It’s so the world can see Jesus! We were created to be a trophy of his grace and a display of His splendor (Is 61:4) in order to spread His Fame and to be a light to the world. Our fame is only for His glory!
So let’s be the famous stars setting the standards for the world. Let’s take our place as the icons of cultural identity. I’m challenging all of us to take our role seriously, to be set apart and become the standard for this world (Romans 12:2).
If we would remove the idol of HollyWood, Holy Would we see.
If we would stop identifying with the culture of HollyWood, Holy Would we be.
If we would take HollyWood off the hill we’ve put her on, Holy Would the world see.
Let’s be the light God created us to be!