OK First things first: I was blown away by your kind words on Monday’s post about getting stood up twice. So, thank you for just being amazing humans.
As a little follow up on that: I did go out on a lovely date last night. 🙂 And let me just say…chivalry ain’t dead! (New Zealand gentlemen…Now they know how to treat a lady!)
Next, another BIG thank you for 42,000 subscribers! I’m very grateful for the little community we have here. 🙂 I had no idea, when I started this blog, four years ago now, that it would become such a meaningful extension of my heart. It really has allowed me to grow and bloom into the young woman I am today, and so I just wanted to take a second to thank you for coming on that journey with me.
So, as you probably have heard this week, a huge college admissions scandal has come to light, surrounding none other than “Aunt Becky” from Full House: Lori Loughlin, and Desperate Housewives star: Felicity Huffman.
Aunt Becky, and her husband – Mossimo Giannulli (yes, that Mossimo of Target fame) – allegedlypaid north of $500,000 dollars for their two daughters to be admitted to USC under the pretense of a rowing scholarship – even though neither are on the crew team.
And blah, blah, blah — bribes, faked SAT scores, donations — I don’t know about you, but WERE YOU EVEN SURPRISED?
Because, I for one, was not.
I mean, of course there were under the table deals. Maybe I’ve been so jaded in the acting business, where the entire industry has been built upon nepotism and other “favors” — monetarily or…use your imagination — but like…duh.
I just am not the least bit surprised to learn about these bribes coming to light. Maybe that’s a little Negative Nancy of me, but hey…the world is not a meritocracy, and as I’ve learned…nothing is free.
And if I sound a little bitter and harsh, well…I’ve been acting since I was 5 and have certainly seen a thing or two. Roles awarded to the niece or nephew of so-and-so, studio “darlings” getting roles without even auditioning. And to be honest, I’ve been on both sides of the line in these scenarios. Are they fair? No, but that’s just how the world operates, whether we like it or not.
But I think it is quite interesting that this is coming to light during Lent. Because, honestly, there’s really only one equalizer in this world. And other than taxes, it’s death.
And if that seems morbid…well, just hear me out.
As I’ve grown in my faith, it has really put my entire life into perspective. The anorexia in my past, the time lost to my ulcerative colitis, the obstacles and trials endured — in the grand scheme of things — they’re all just blips on the radar. This time we have here on earth is a mere flash in the pan when we consider the magnitude of eternity.
But we are all given one life, and with it, we can either live in such a way that will get us to Heaven, or get us to Hell.
And let me just pause here to say: I am in no way saying that Aunt Becky is going to Hell! — That’s not what I’m even hinting at! She made a mistake! One that any parent with that kind of expendable income could make.
What I am saying is that…whether we are someone who has that expendable income or not, or whether or not we have won the birth lottery, or have fame and fortune, or if we’re brilliant, or athletically gifted, or come from royalty, you name it…death is the great equalizer. No one can escape it.
So how fitting then, that this is coming to light during Lent, when we are literally preparing for the death of the One Man who is going to level the playing field, and make it so that we all can be admitted to Heaven.
We’re not going to have to bribe any admissions officer, or fake a position on the crew team. Our admission is guaranteed, all because of the Cross.
And when you live life, knowing that, and living from that truth, it really just puts everything into perspective. How am I going to live my life, so that it brings honor and gratitude to what He did for me? How can I be His hands and feet to those around me?
And further to that, focusing on the prestige of being in an Ivy League school, feeling that is most important for your kids, really misses the point that what is truly most important is the “eternal prestige” of being pleasing to God through our behavior and who we become as people.
Because the world isn’t fair. It proves that time and time and time again. From the batting order of your little league softball team, to college admissions, to promotions at work, to Capitol Hill. There’s always a little more to the story.
This Lent, let’s reflect on and praise Him for opening the door wide, so that no matter our status or history, we can all get admitted to Heaven.
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