The VMAs, it’s been the buzz among middle school girls and boys–mostly girls. And sadly her actions remind me of ME before I accepted Jesus as my savior. After I left my mom’s home as a teen mom, I was suddenly in the real world, working a real job, making real decisions. I was trying to be a wife, a mom, a student, and a friend. And I wanted nothing more to be like everyone else. Gone was the good girl and out came the “All American Girl.” 

It wasn’t until I truly understood what he did on the cross that my heart changed. Overnight, my thinking changed. I questioned every action, reaction, and how whether or not Jesus would approve.  Over the years, I’ve come to understand it’s not his approval I was after but his love. And I wonder what it’s going to take Miley to see that. 

Last night’s antics on the stage are just an example of what we do to ourselves when we live FOR this world instead of IN this world like I was; and like so many prodigal kids. 

As much as I’d like to ban Miley’, I allow it (my daughter didn’t get to watch the VMAS but heard about it). It gives me a chance to let my middle schooler see a real world example of my checkered past.  I haven’t banned Miley from my home and I won’t. When her songs come on the radio, we talk about the lyrics. When she shows up on the news about her choices, we talk. And when she shames herself the way she did last night–we talk and pray. 

This morning on the way to school, we REALLY talked. We talked about the following: 

1. Miley sets a very good example of what happens when we walk away from God. All of us at some point have walked away or done things we are not proud of. 
2. Miley represents the real world and what Hollywood & the public think about God.
3. Miley is an example of what happens when we choose to live FOR this world instead of IN this world. 
4. No matter how much Miley degrades herself, she has a God who loves her and is waiting for her. But don’t wait forever because we don’t know what tomorrow brings. 
5. Instead of judging her and slamming her the way the public is, why not embrace her, pray, and not pass judgement? 

What are your thoughts?

 And one more thing, Miley if you ever get to read this, I want you to know your body is an amazing gift, your voice even more so. God created you because he LOVES you. He loves you without the make up, and without the social obligations to keep up your “image.” If you were talking to me face to face, I would also tell you, no matter your past–he loves you. And if you continue to reject what Jesus did for you on the cross, your life isn’t going to amount to much. Sure you’ll have a wall full of awards but you won’t have the most amazing relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Someday I hope you will truly understand who your savior is, where your identity rest, and your future lies–with humility and thankfulness, you’ll find that your life rests squarely in his hands. 

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