Have you heard about the film “A Star is Born”? It’s getting good reviews and I saw it at the cinema this week. I really got into the story and its main characters: A famous country artist goes into a bar to find this unheard-of singer performing a song. He hears the voice and sees her potential, but while he’s trying to draw her out of her insecurities, he has his own issues to deal with. It’s about the music industry; addiction; mental health … and it just highlighted a couple of things for me.
He sang a very melancholy song: ‘No one knows what awaits for the dead’. If you don’t believe in eternity – some rising to everlasting life and others to eternal condemnation (John 5:28-29), then not only do you not have an ultimate end to work towards (Philippians 3:10-14), you also don’t have God to help you navigate this earthly life. No wonder it’s a struggle.
My favourite moment of the film was a song one of them had written. “In all the good times I find myself longing for change, and in the bad times I fear myself.” If ever there was a line in a song that really went with a film, it would be that one. But if we believe in Jesus and are following Him, we don’t have to fear ourselves. We’re assured that our eternity with Him is secure. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).
One last point (and I hope I don’t give too much away here): There were several voices speaking into Jack’s life – words of hope, and words of derision. It’s the same for us, and I know when I’m vulnerable and low in confidence, derisive voices shout the loudest. How can we use our voice to make others’ lives better? Would you like your negative words to be the last ones somebody hears?