The Greatest Loss of All

The Greatest Loss of All

“For what shall it profit man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?”

                                                                                                             —Mark 8:36

The Greatest Loss of All

June 6, 2018 – One of the big headlines in the news this week is about a world-renowned fashion designer named Kate Spade. Kate Spade is one of the biggest names in American fashion. But in spite of all her worldly success, Ms. Spade was found dead Tuesday in her New York Park Avenue flat. Police determined that Ms. Spade committed suicide. She was 55.

 

In 2017, the company, Coach bought the Kate Spade label in a deal worth $2.4 billion. Over the years, the label had blossomed into a full lifestyle brand with more than 300 stores worldwide. Yet, all the while the label was ascending to global prominence, Kate Spade’s soul was descending into the black, surly depths of heartache and despair. Millions of people from around the globe were baffled as they lamented the common expression, “My goodness, why? Why would a person with so much fame and fortune—and with so much to live for—commit suicide?”

 

With all those important people around Kate Spade, didn’t anyone hear her cry for help?

 

This reminds me of the 60’s song by the Beatles called “Help!” The opening lyric goes like this: “HELP, I need somebody, HELP, not just anybody, HELP, you know I need someone, HELP.” To whom was John Lennon calling for HELP? The hit song comments on Lennon’s feelings about being quickly risen to fame as revealed on “The Beatles Anthology”.

 

John Lennon was very open and direct about the song’s meaning, which was “I’m hurting, and I need help…but not help from just anybody…” Could it be that John Lennon was actually calling out for HELP from someone who knew God? Like the designer Kate Spade, didn’t John Lennon have the connections and the untold resources to pay for the world’s finest therapist? Or couldn’t he had just gone out and filled the void in his life with all the treasures and pleasures of this world?

 

In the Book of Ecclesiastes, the writer, King Solomon answers those question: “Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done, and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed, it was vanity and vexation of spirit. There was no profit under the sun.” (Ecc. 2:11). And King Solomon went on to say, “…Therefore I hated life because the work I had done under the sun is vanity and vexing to my spirit” (v.17).

 

What was the point King Solomon was making? Without God as the centerpiece of our lives, all that we do…and all that we think we are…and all that we become…is worthless and only profit us pain and emptiness.

 

So here’s the Bread of life that’s being served from the Father’s table today: In Acts 20:24, the Apostle Paul was met with prison and many hardships, but Paul declared, “none of these things move me” because he placed his trust in God. By then, everything in Paul’s life that could be disturbed had already been shaken. Likewise, if we place our hope and trust in God, neither the stress and strains of the little things, nor the great and heavy trials of this life will have enough power to move us from “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Phil 4:7). The world can neither give nor take away this kind of peace.

 

God declares this peace to be the inheritance of those who have learned to rest in Him and in Him alone.

 

In His Love,

Dr. Michael W. McCoy, M.Div. JD., Th.D.

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