They say to write what you know.
That is not what I am doing today. Today, I am writing about the Duchess of Sussex, otherwise known as Meghan Markle.
Why? Because, as I’ve been surfing around the Interlands this week, I keep seeing little clickbait articles about her everywhere. She is everywhere.
Somebody out there clearly has an obsession with this woman, and all I seem to know is…didn’t she get married or something?
Yes, she did. A little time on Wikipedia makes me a sort-of expert. Here’s what I learned:
- She was born in 1981.
- She was a TV actress, best known as Rachel Zane on the law drama “Suits”.
- She’s been divorced.
- She married Prince Harry, the Grandson of Queen Elizabeth the II.
- As far as I can tell, ever since the marriage, the press seems compelled to photograph every item of clothing she wears (like the People headline above), every tiny gesture that is not “proper” enough, and every time her and Harry make eye contact with each other.
It’s been so many months since the wedding, (May ’18) and still people are swooning about her. I finally think I understand why: She’s a living fairy tale. Like Princess Diana a generation ago. She’s an everyday person plucked out of the crowd to be part of the royal family. It’s the kind of thing some folks just drool over.
To you Marklers (or Meghaholics?) please know that I’m not condemning you. A fascination with the Duchess seems harmless enough. But just the same, keep this in mind:
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
–1 Timothy 4:7
It is possible, the writer of Timothy reminds us, to get tangled up in fairy tales, to the point that we lose track of the very real story we’re called to live. Daydreaming about marrying your prince could, if not checked, leave you drifting in fantasy land.
The same holds true for rabid sports fans, video game junkies, breaking news fanatics, Netflix bingers and more. What fairy tales or other forms of escapism capture too much of your attention?
The Hebrew word for sin translates as “Missing the Mark”. When the focus of our hopes, dreams, and discipleship is something other than God, we make the wrong things the bullseye in our lives. That is sinful behavior, and can cause big problems in our lives!
Most of us have our things we geek out on, and I think that’s okay. It’s part of how we have fun, and can even present itself as a hobby. We just have to make sure we keep our priorities straight.
For instance, if you read the title of today’s devotion and instantly knew that this was the dress Meghan wore to Harry’s polo match a couple weeks ago, you may need to tear yourself away from the tabloids for a while.
After all, you want to avoid Missing the Mark,
even if it means Missing the Markle.
Have a great week,