Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

An Ideal Life?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

An Ideal Life?

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WHEN I was in high school, I dreamed of being in show business, of performing on television or working in radio. It would just happen, I thought, and there would be nothing to stand in the way of success.

Later on I began to see that the course of human life isn't as simple as it seems in our daydreams. I hadn't considered the variety of people's tastes, the fierce competition, and numerous other factors. Nor did I take into account that there would be changes in my own outlook. Although I still appreciated performing, other things became more important to me. Show business experience did come along eventually--but it came in quite a different form than my youthful daydreams.

We sometimes hear about the ideal life versus the life we end up living. The suggestion is that the "realities of life include hardships and sometimes cruelties, which prevent us from living the existence we dream about. It could be, though, that some adjustment is needed in what we consider an ideal life and what we feel the source of our satisfaction really is.

The world sometimes urges us to think that our goal should be fame or a prestigious position. While hard work is always a key to success and progress is a demand made on us all, should our aim be simply to attain a lofty position in the sight of the world?

Christ Jesus said at one point, John's Gospel records: "I receive not honour from men. . . . How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? There's nothing wrong with fame, per se, and certainly nothing wrong with being recognized for a valuable contribution, whatever it may be. But the ideal life isn't so much a matter of forcing ourselves to be what worldly thinking suggests we must be, as it is a matter of waking up to what we really are as God's image. …

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