Pursuing Christ. Not Celebrities

Celebrities. We see them everyday and sometimes we become so attached to them that we have to know their every move. I know that I have fallen victim to becoming completely obsessed with a few celebrities, and am still somewhat am obsessed with knowing about their lives. But one day as I googled a celebrity wanting to know all of these random facts, I began to wonder. What if we took the same curiosity of wanting to know everything about celebrities and did that with Christ?

Sometimes we become so consumed over people in the music, film, and photography industry because we want to see how “great” their lives are. We get so caught up in all the drama of these people’s lives and wishing for things they have. We fall victim to filling our minds with how the “better half” lives, and we begin to criticize our own lives. We tell ourselves, “If only I had their body.” or “Why can’t I have their life…”
We put ourselves down by wishing and wanting other people’s lives instead of trying to improve what we are given by God. Why don’t we use the time we spend watching E! and reading the tabloids for something better?  Watching celebrities live their lives does not benefit us. So why not replace that time by reading scripture, having quiet time with God, or working on ways to find or improve your life.
Quite honestly my first reaction to my own thought was, “That does not sound fun.” But then I decided I would try it out. So that evening, instead of watching E! News, I opened up my bible to a random page and devoured God’s word. I truly lost all sense of time. I was so revitalized by reading God’s word, and I felt that my soul was instantly recharged. It was glorious! After that I decided some changes needed to be made. I stopped watching shows that were just about gossip, crime shows, and shows that had a lot of sexual themes. I also stopped reading the tabloids and stopped following many celebrities on social media.
Next, I began following more devotional accounts on social media, and began a whole new journey with Christ. While it was a small adjustment to follow devotional accounts it truly helped strengthen my relationship with God. I was no longer influenced by the negativity of this world… My view on life has changed tremendously!  I am wanting to know more about how Jesus dealt with life’s issues, how he treated people who did Him wrong, and to know more about His love for us. When you change what you allow yourself to see, your heart, thoughts, and actions begin to change with it.

Knowing Christ is what fuels our souls. So why waste time on trying to know everything about a celebrity that has no idea we exist, and instead turn our attention to the only person that died for the chance of a relationship with us. Let us fuel our souls with the loving words of the one who created us and flee from the things that take us away from Him.

1 Timothy 6:11
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

2 Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Colossians 3:2
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

Romans 8:5
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
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