We have watched the circus act called Justin Bieber in the news for years now, as he got into every bit of trouble known to mankind, as millions of teens and young children watched his antics.
Bieber seems to have come to a conclusion that many older people never get. Hurdle jumping. We will get to that in a bit.
There are quite a few things the 23-year-old Canadian born singer has done over the years that have made us stop, stare, and shake our heads in wonder.
Just looking at 2013, Justin was caught on video supposedly peeing in a mop bucket in a nightclub kitchen. That same year, Justin threatened to kill his neighbor and spit in his face after the man came onto his property and complained about his speeding around the neighborhood. He also allegedly tried to steal a bike that year.
In addition, that was also the year that Justin shared pics of himself spray painting a wall in Brazil. Justin even posted the pics on Instagram.
That is just a sample. For years, my young niece used to Google ‘Bieber’ on a wekly basis, just to see what new trouble he had gotten himself into.
Recently Bieber shocked fans when he abruptly cancelled the 14 remaining dates of his ‘Purpose Tour’. He has been on that tour almost two years.
The move has baffled fans and the media has speculated that he is about to go crazy again. They used a recent example of his feeding a squirrel in the park, while barefooted, as a crazy antic. HUH?
When the media seems to get unhinged about something most of us have done ourselves at some point, watch out. That means they are scared of something.
In recent weeks, Justin Bieber seems to be acting like a grown-up! A paparazzi got hit as Bieber was driving out of a parking lot. The old Bieber would have been a wild boy on camera; this new Bieber remained calm and handled it like an adult. He stayed by the man’s side until help arrived.
Bieber looks different, walks different, talks different, and acts different. I have seen this before.
When media finally caught up with him to ask him why he canceled his tour, Bieber calmly apologized to his fans.
It seems that Bieber has discovered faith. But that is never enough to make a big difference. Many people discover faith without really finding a change. Justin said something that, as a gospel preacher that made me pause.
Anyone who knows me personally, knows my mantra. It is simple and is the key foundation of the Word of God and Christianity.
We are born, we face hurdles, and we die.
Some hurdles are natural. We have to learn to eat, walk, and talk.
Some hurdles we create ourselves. Man is real good at doing that.
Some hurdles others place in front of us. There is always someone willing to make our lives more difficult in one way or another.
The difference is how we handle those hurdles. Some cry in front of their hurdles. Some jump their hurdles. Others have the mentality to remove all the hurdles, sanitizing the world of its problems, using government and legislation to do so.
But hurdles are vital to life. They are how we grow. If there were no hurdles, man would be weak. If you look at societies where government takes care of everyone, you find weak societies.
Our greatest generation came out of children raised during the depression era. Life was tough, but it created tough people and a tough society.
When a child is raised in a home where parents make life too easy and protect their kids from any roughness in life, those kids almost always fail as they strike out on their own.
The problems in our life are vital, and we all have them. They produce strength when handled correctly and when not, they just breed more suffering.
Justin Bieber, in his statement, made it clear that he now understands this concept.
While, as he states, it is not the most grammatically correct statement, it is clear that he gets this foundational principle that one MUST understand in order to succeed, as well as to get true faith.
“Learning and growing hasn’t always been easy but knowing I’m not alone has kept me going,” he wrote. “I have let my insecurities get the best of me at times.”
In the past, he did not handle his hurdles correctly!
“I let my broken relationships dictate the way I acted toward people and the way I treated them! i let bitterness, jealously and fear run my life.!!!!”
But he now says he has been “extremely blessed to have people in the past few years help me build my character back up reminding me of who I am and who I want to be!!!”
The star said he’s aware that he will never be perfect and will continue to make mistakes. But, Bieber said, he’s not going to let his past errors dictate his future.
“I wanna be a man that learns from them and grows from them,” Bieber wrote.
Most adults do not get that concept. That is the basic principle behind God’s great plan.
Paul stated in 2 Corinthians Chapter 12:
7 A thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God made man imperfect and with a free will. Many who go though rough times blame god, instead of recognizing that it is another opportunity for growth. The bigger the hurdle, the bigger the growth.
I am thankful for the biggest hurdles in my life, they have provided me incredible maturity and growth.
That is why we are not to judge as others suffer through the rough times. It is why we are supposed to forgive. It is why we are supposed to look at our own failings, before we look at the failings of others.
I might be wrong, but I think Bieber really gets it. If he holds this basic concept close to his heart as he goes forward, we will see a very different Justin Bieber as he goes forward.
There is a lot more to faith than this basic concept, but if Bieber starts here, and continues forward, he will find more.
Time will tell.
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