Why are we so surprised when people acknowledge that there’s more to life than what we can see and touch?
This story from News.com.au tells us that actor Russell Crowe is planning to be baptised in the chapel he had built on his Australian property. It’s where he married singer and actress Danielle Spencer in 2003 and where both their sons have been baptised.
“I started thinking recently, if I believe it is important to baptise my kids why not me?”
The revelations on his new found spirituality are part of an interview in the December issue of Men’s Journal magazine.
“There is something much bigger that drives us all. I’m willing to take that leap of faith.”
The article contrasts Crowe’s bad boy image to his spiritual search and infers that the two sides of his character are somewhat incompatible. While many people may find it difficult to reconcile his actions with his deeper yearnings I’m glad that faith isn’t something reserved for those who’ve already got it all together. None of us are perfect and if that was the requirement for us to start reaching for the deeper issues of life we’d all be doomed.
I agree that faith should begin a transformation that turns our deeply held beliefs and convictions into action. Faith in God should fuel a gradual process of turning our heart and our lifestyle more and more towards the Creator but it’s never an instant thing.
I don’t know if this is a passing phase in Russell Crowe’s life or whether he’s walking a road that will change his destiny forever. What I do know is that all of us have a sense deep down that the here and now isn’t all there is and that it shouldn’t surprise us when someone wants to investigate that inbuilt sense of spirituality and faith.
Posted by Rodney Olsen
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