I was looking in my hall closet when I spotted a book stacked in the corner on the floor. This was the stack of books I was intending to take to Good Will, but had yet to get around to it. I saw the sweet picture of a popular teen on the front cover. It was Miley Cyrus’s autobiography, Miles To Go, and it had belonged to one of my girls. I remember taking the girls to her concerts at the rodeo here in Houston. I confess I actually watched her show sometimes with the girls on Disney.
I only had a little bit of time before the ladies were coming over for our weekly Bible Study. I sat down and started at the end of the book on page 240. Sixteen year old Miley pours out her heart and shares her faith in God. The road she chooses to take that is equipped with a purity ring and the standards she wants to set. She says and I quote, “I want to be a good role model.” on page 242. I skim through the book and see scripture verses scattered all through out the book. She gives examples of how God uses His Word to guide her and her family through their lives. It was obvious that she had a relationship with Jesus and she placed value on Him and was making a difference in this world through her fame and influence.
Her last line in that same chapter reads, “I can do meaningful work-without compromising my values.”
My heart immediately grew heavy with sadness. The enemy had sifted and stolen this beautiful young lady down a dark path of destruction. A “Wrecking Ball” so prolifically describes her years to come. I take notice that the book was only written 5 years ago.
If someone would have showed Miley her Ghost of Christmas Future she would not have even recognized herself and probably would not believe what she would be shown. It’s not her. She wasn’t created to be where she is now. A wrecked soul looking for acceptance from anyone who will give her attention and worth.
What went wrong?
1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Miley is no different than any of us. She was created to make a difference in this world for good. Her real name is Destiny. Her destiny got stolen, stepped on and spit out.
I challenge you to read her book and see what her thoughts and plans were before she started taking little steps that led her into a big step of disaster.
Better yet I challenge you to read God’s plans for all His creation before we chew, chomp and spit all those who make poor choices out.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I was reminded by God today to remember He needs us….His saints to pray and go after in love those that are hurting and turning their backs on Him.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Love never fails.
Miley Smiley and all those who have temporarily stepped out of their true callings and require our prayers for a new story yet to be told.