07 May A One-Star Crown
I am sitting here looking at a list of movie reviews. I am fascinated by the stars used to rate the viewing value of a film. It must be very satisfying to be in a five star film. And, how horrible it must be to be in a one star movie. Actually I see one here that has a half star. Wow that has to be really crummy.
I grew up singing a song in church called, “Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?” I was told we would get a star in our crown for each person we won to Jesus. I used to think famous preachers would have lots of stars. I was worried I would not have any and I would have to go around heaven forever with a starless crown. To allay my fears I was told I would have one for me. As if I got to heaven by my own efforts.
The whole concept is like a military thing with rank by symbols displayed. I find myself hoping it is a myth. I don’t want to spend eternity feeling inferior to someone with more stars than I. The truth is I will be so grateful for the gift of life and the chance to spend eternity learning more and more about God’s creation and the secrets of life I could care less about any crown other than a very plain, very unsimple crown of life itself. That will suffice.
“When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” I Peter 5:4
Written by Roger Bothwell on July 23, 2003
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