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I’m so not a celebrity stalker. In fact, I pretty much couldn’t care less who is going out with whom in Hollywood or who is or isn’t breaking up this week.
Mostly it’s because I give all celebrity relationships a 1% chance of making it for a lifetime.
When the divorce rate among “regular” people is over 50%, I find it hard to believe that those living in the spotlight, in the culture of madness that is Hollywood, can keep their wits about them long enough to make a real relationship work.
When the news came out that Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson, I thought, “I’m so not surprised.” I was only surprised that they made it as long as they did. (Of course, they aren’t married. I know.)
Katy Perry divorcing Russell Brand? That’s not a shock, is it? Really?
Mel Gibson has a love child with some Russian woman? I have to admit that that one made me sad. I had always hoped that ole Mel was one of the good guys. But clearly he’s shown us just what a weirdo he is.
And what about Arnold and Maria? Married forever. One of the ones that might last. And then we find out that he, too, has a love child. One he’s been hiding for a long time. Marriage over.
Tom and Katie? If you thought that one would last, I have some beach-front property in Kansas I’d like to sell you.
Don’t even get me started on Brad Pitt. He cheats on Jennifer Anniston with Angelina Jolie and the whole world excuses it.
I imagine that there is added pressure when you live in the spotlight. The masses expect perfection– and they devour failure.
The public loves a good celebrity divorce because the public wants to think that they are better than celebrities.
But “the public” is not.
I saw a statistic the other day that blew my mind. Did you know that 53% of Christians would have an affair if given the opportunity?
That’s not 53% of people, folks. That’s 53% of the populous who identifies themselves as CHRISTIANS.
And like many of you, I know Christians in that 53% who have acted on that opportunity and in the process, destroyed their families. Some are repentant about it. Many aren’t.
Marriage seems to be an in-and-out status change, one that’s as easy to create or destroy as a simple click on Facebook.
But marriage is hard work. Work that most people aren’t willing to put time and energy into.
Especially those time-strapped, blinded celebrities.
So put yourself in the spotlight right now. Imagine someone is waiting for you in the bushes outside, trying to snap photos of you and your spouse.
Will those paparazzi get the shots they most want– the photos of a failing marriage? Shots of you fighting? Photos of you passing in silence? Photos of you living two separate lives within one marriage? Photos of you making everything in your life more important than your spouse? How about photos of your children caught in the middle of a dying family?
Or will they get the shots they can’t sell– the ones of a couple who makes time for one another? The photos of a couple who puts Christ in the center of their marriage and family? Pictures of an imperfect couple making it work, one day at a time by focusing on what’s good in their lives, instead of what’s bad?
What photos will those paparazzi get of you today?
Share with me: Do you have a favorite celebrity couple?