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SHEPHERD'S LETTER

A Heart for the Stars

February 6, 2020

I’m very intrigued by and drawn to celebrities. They are people who have gained popularity through charisma, talent or some other factor. People want to know what is going on in their lives. I want to know what’s going on in the lives of my favorite celebrities! What is Steve Carell up to these days? What did Steph Curry name his youngest son? What new tattoo did Post Malone get this week?

This may seem pointless to you. Why does it matter what these people are doing in their day-to-day lives? Well, it doesn’t really. It doesn’t make any difference in my life at all what the stars are up to. I think the reason I like hearing about these little details of their lives is it reminds me that they’re human. Not in the sense of reminding me that they are fallible, broken human beings. I mean more that they are not untouchable as I often view them to be. They struggle with the same things we all do; anxiety, sickness, sadness, broken families and death. Maybe they have better resources to deal with some of these things than we do but they need Jesus just as much as you and me.

I know you may not care about celebrities as much as I do and my goal is not to get you to. However, this is what I would challenge you with; the next time you’re in line at the grocery store and see a magazine cover talking about Jennifer Aniston’s love life, don’t scoff. Take a moment to remember that she is made in God’s image and needs Jesus just like you do. When you’re watching the Laker game tonight and see LeBron James racing down the court to slam home two points, remember that he has a wife and three kids whom God deeply loves and desires a relationship with. The next time you’re at the doctor’s office and see (insert your least favorite political talk show host here) on the TV, take a moment to suspend your anger and know that Christ died for that person too.

You may not have a personal impact on these peoples’ lives but I wonder what kind of difference we could make if we took a moment to pray for them. That the Lord would reveal Himself to them in a clear, impactful way and that they would recognize their need for Jesus.

Josh Fasold

Josh Fasold
Associate Shepherd of High School Guys