And I polluted them in their own gifts.
Entertainment has many falling stars. They've got the X-Factor, but it's spinning.
They've got charisma, but it's confusing.
They've got spotlights, but darkness follows them.
They've got headlines, but most of them are bad.
They've got milestones, but no destination.
They've got handlers, but lack good direction.
They've got mansions, but find no peace at home.
They've got awards, but still feel insecure.
They've got parties, but loneliness haunts them.
They've got lovers, but phonies betray them.
They've got smiles, but happiness eludes them.
They've got wealth, but bling wears out quickly.
They've got looks, but what does it really mean?
They've got fans, but where are they leading them?
Paparazzi chase down celebrities and publicize every frenzy and fall. Fans are mesmerized by their good-bad acts.
In Ezekiel 20:26, God speaks through this visionary prophet on a subject so relevant today. Talent. Stars must use it- and use it well: pursuing excellence, helping others, and honoring the Lord Who gives the gift.
If the gift is denied, ignored or neglected, it withers. God passes it to others.
But often, gifts can be turned to evil; dark acts on film pull in an audience. The audience pulls in wealth for sponsors.
Stars misuse their God-given charisma to fully or implicitly endorse greed, lust, crime, vanity and violence. Therein, they pollute their marvelous gifts, and airborne pollution spreads... easily.
The Lord now calls a new generation of rising stars to use their gifts wisely: furthering truth, love, and the incredible drama of the human experience.
As for fallen stars? 'Who are you to judge another's servant? To his own Master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand' (Romans 14:4).
You refuse to judge, and you cast no stones. You pray, hope and love without exception.
Because God can raise them, as He has you.
## Falling Stars
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Falling Stars series.