Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
I recently watched a documentary about the late Blues singer Janis Joplin. It’s a tragic story of a life lived in and out of heroin addiction. At college, Janis was voted the ugliest woman on campus. It was to crush her spirit and hurt her deeply throughout her short life.
Someone said that when Janis sang, it was like she was singing out the pain of the world. On returning again to heroin, a friend said, “If you go back, it will kill you”. Her reply was, “Who would care?” How different it could have been if someone was able to lead her to Jesus.
Proverbs 15:13 says, “By sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken”.
Janis last spoke to the hotel receptionist when she asked for change for the cigarette machine. She returned to her room where she collapsed and died from an overdose of heroin and wasn’t found until the day after.
The challenge for me is, do I make a passing remark that crushes someone’s spirit or builds them up? Am I a nice bloke to be around? Honestly, not always.
When God called Jeremiah as a boy, he said to him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5).
We are valued and loved by God but often take it for granted. Having just celebrated Jesus’ resurrection, let’s by His grace live out the life He has given us.