One Moment in Time…

“As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord stands forever.”

We are all given just a moment in time. How we live that moment–how we contribute to the world–is up to us.  Whitney Houston was given a gift from God–a gift that wowed the world. And yet she died young, with a tumultuous end.

For most of us not blessed with the kind of gift Whitney Houston possessed, I think it’s difficult to understand how someone who had all her dreams come true could give them up for a life of drugs and alcohol. And yet, that is the end for so many celebrities who seem to have it all. Whitney Houston did do great things for others in her life. She contributed to many charities and helped a lot of people. But I wonder…did she feel that she had found her purpose?

Her riches–all the royalties from her songs–and her fame stay here on earth. She didn’t get to take them with her. I wonder, in her last moments, did she wish she had done more, been more?

Whitney Houston’s life and death are, to me, a reminder that I must find purpose in my life–a purpose that goes beyond this world. As Matthew Barnett reminds us in The Cause Within You, we are always happiest when we use our gifts to help others.  Instead of looking to fame and fortune for our happiness, we need to look outwards to how we can help others. When the focus is on others, it’s harder to think about the lack in our own lives.

The loss of Whitney Houston makes me sad, not only because a great woman with amazing talent has died too soon, but because she seemed to have given up on her “one moment in time.” I don’t have a gift like Whitney Houston, but I pray that I use the gifts I have been given to serve others & never give up on the hope that I can become all that I was created to be. I pray that Houston will be remembered for the good that she brought into the world, but that her untimely death will be a wake up call for us all. God Bless!

Karen

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