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CLARITY – 6-6-18 The Price of ”Success” Too High


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-6-18


The Price of “Success” Too High


What’s Happening:  “The famous handbag designer, Kate Spade, is dead…apparently having hanged herself leaving a suicide note. Her 13-year-old daughter, away at the time, is not to blame, explains the note (though her husband was home at the time of her death). Her fans pointed out that success does not guarantee happiness ( ‘I am so deeply saddened by the news of Kate Spade’s death. Mental illness is cruel and doesn’t discriminate based on resources or perceived popularity. Be good to yourselves today, friends,’ Laura Turner, one of her fans Tweeted.”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “Truly a sad, but, thankfully, a rare tale.”


Biblical Response:  “Sad, yes…rare, no. Unless you consider 30 suicides per day a miniscule number….and that’s among women! A Tweet by another of her fans comes to mind: ‘Kate Spade committed suicide, this again proves money doesn’t buy happiness. Happiness comes from within, people and material objects are temporary.’ (EVA) ‘Within’ can be too general, even self-deceptive. Some will say ‘Who cares? As long as you truly believe you’re happy, you won’t take your life.’ Yeah, but if you discover too late that happiness is sourced in something you have not pursued…”


“Christians? We, of all people have no excuse for depression…not if you take all of life in context. My pastor was preaching from Ecclesiastes and remarked about the futility that Solomon learned of. Perhaps I wasn’t listening because I can’t quote anything he said. Still, what the Lord said might be more eye-opening anyway: 120/infinity = (life in context). (Gen. 6:3) The length of this life is just a blink when compared with eternity.’”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take the ups and downs of life in context; in Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent


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