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Did you know that there is a real woman who inspired the feminist fairy tale TV show “Sex in the City”? She had an enormous influence on young women, who wanted the glamour, fun, and consequence-free sex with “high value” no-commitment men. Most women who adopted the values of the show probably thought that this path would eventually lead to marriage and children.
My friend Chris sent me this article from Fox News, which talks the woman who inspired the show’s storyline.
“Sex and the City” may have left a trailblazing legacy for women on television, but the book’s original author now thinks her independent lifestyle may not have been as rewarding.
Candace Bushnell, 60, who wrote the original 1997 novel which spawned the successful TV series for HBO, opened up to Sunday Times Magazine about her 2012 divorce, admitting it made her realize how not starting a family made her feel “truly alone.”
“When I was in my 30s and 40s, I didn’t think about it,” she recalled. “Then when I got divorced and I was in my 50s, I started to see the impact of not having children and of truly being alone. I do see that people with children have an anchor in a way that people who have no kids don’t.”
I do think that it’s important for young women to really consider where they want to be when they are 30, 40, 50, etc. A wise person should seek to pattern their decisions off of the decisions of people who have reached the goals that they themselves want to reach. Candace Bushnell clearly has failed to achieve her goals. And those who listen to her will, likewise, fail to achieve the goals of marriage and children.
Making decisions today to achieve goals tomorrow
It’s important not to put too much faith in TV shows. Or any fiction.
Whenever I see women reading books in the office, I always ask them: is that fiction or non-fiction? In 19 years of full-time work, I have never had a woman answer non-fiction. And they usually answer “romance”. Well, I supposed if you were a fictional character, then you might take the advice of fictional characters. But if you are a real person, then you should look at the way the world really works. You should read peer-reviewed research, and take the advice of real people who have come up from humble beginnings to achieve the goals that you want to achieve.
After all, if your goal was to retire at 50, wouldn’t it make sense to read books about investing, and take the advice of successful investors? It certainly would not make sense to imitate the characters in TV shows and movies made by Hollywood divorcers, adulterers, rapists and pedophiles. And yet so many women do the latter with marriage and children decision-making. They seem to derive some sort of unquestionable emotional delight from making important decisions based on appearances, intuitions, peer-approval, etc.
Why listen to celebrities, teachers, politicians, etc. who have infidelities, no children, failed marriages, etc.? Why make decisions by counting votes from your no-achievement peer group? If you want to reach a goal, then there is only one way to proceed, and that’s by consulting the evidence, and seeking guidance from those with demonstrated results.
For example, when I was choosing which state to live in, I made a spreadsheet and filled it with all sorts of rankings of the 50 states that I pulled out of research papers and reports. I looked at things like infrastructure, income tax, economic growth, business friendliness, cost of living, tax as a % of income, abortion laws, support for traditional marriage, single motherhood, gun laws, concealed carry laws, fiscal solvency, etc. I moved here, and I’ve become very wealthy as a result. And my state has actually moved upward in gun rights rankings, fiscal solvency rankings, tax rankings, etc. since I got here. We’re even trying to pass pro-life laws! When you make decisions using evidence and when you listen to good advice from people who have real achievements, you succeed.
Don’t make decisions about sex, marriage and children by “following your heart”. That’s the lesson.
My key take-away’s from the conference:
Walter Strickland’s definition of sin as, “Creations deviation from Gods design.” Sounds simple but in a culture, where being a “sinner” is almost the equivalent of the scarlet letter A on one’s chest banishing them to hell; not a symptom of a fallen world that all humans experience. I see this definition as necessary to keep us all grounded and repentant.
John Kinney’s statement, “Guess what yall. All of this is speculation. All of it……I love God so much I don’t wanna be satisfied with simplistic responses to complex issues that privilege me to be comfortable while somebody else is victimized.” We often forget that none of us is God and the God of the Bible is so big that He can’t fit the totality of Himself in 66 books, denominations or all of mankind’s theological understanding combined. Hence conversations not debates.
I challenge you to view at least one of the discussions and tell me what you think!
Please take the time to check out Jude 3 Project’s Podcast, Youtube Channel and Facebook page. The website http://www.Jude3project.com also offers a bibliography of Early African Christianity and information on their upcoming curriculum: Through the Eyes of Color. I pray that my experience encourages you to pick a conference and challenge your understanding of Christianity this year
Why Giving Is Better Than Receiving:
God himself gave His begotten son to save the Human Kind. In the book of Mark 20:35 ‘There is more happiness in Giving rather than Receiving”. Giving is in the Bible, and thus as Christian, the Bible is our command and guider; therefore, we should follow.
In our life, we meet with people who need our help either in material things or spiritual help. Thus raising the need why the Christian should give more and expect less from others, and the Bible says “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you are a Christian and you are yet to embraces the acts of giving others, I believe this article will help you change and begin giving more and expecting less from other people.
Christians should show mercy to each other:
*Following God Commands
*It is our responsibility to help
*It is an act of happiness
*Act of receiving God Blessings
*We Give to thanks, God
*Giving is relatively easy
*God uses His power through Giving
Christian Should Show Mercy To Each Other:
Christian should ensure they show some mercy to each other through giving instead expecting to receive. Each Christian is called to extend the hand of mercy to other people, especially those in need of our help. Some people are poor in heart, and others lack material things. With these people in society, it is our obligation to shows some help to such people. In the Bible, the acts of compassion and mercy are numerously mentioned, thus requiring Christian to adhere.
Following God Commands:
God gave us commandment in the Old Statements where we as Christian we are supposed to follow and ensure we provide some financial help to other people in the society. Lord, Himself gives us more and thus, as Christian, we should also help our neighbors who are in need. Besides that, if giving is in the Bible, therefore a Christian, we have nothing but to follow the Bible and practice what God demands from us as Christian.
It Is Our Responsibility To Help:
Every Christian has a responsibility to help one another irrespective of the background difference. In society, some people are going through significant challenges in life, which call for help from all Christian. Today, if all Christian would embrace giving more than receiving the World, could be a better place.
If God Himself helped humanity, thus, the Christians should emulate Him through helping one another. In my life as a Christian, I have embraced helping other people without necessarily expecting to receive anything.
It Is An Act Of Happiness:
Sharing brings happiness to those receiving, and thus, there is a need for the Christian to embrace giving rather than waiting to receive from others. As Christian, we should champion happiness to other people in life, especially those who are less fortunate in our society. As Christian from our church, we decided to help the street kids, and we were able to put a smile on their faces. In doing such kind of acts as Christian, it was an act of extending happiness to those people who could be grieving.
Act Of Receiving God Blessing:
God blesses the hand that gives, as Christian; we should always give to expects more blessing from God. The small acts of love and compassion we show to our brothers and sisters as Christian it would lead to us receiving more blessing from God. Blessing from the Almighty Lord is what we as Christian need to grow and be able to fight all the battles which the Satan has put on us.
Giving Thanks To God:
Through giving others, it shows an act of giving thanks to Lord, the Lord blesses us with the material thing, and we can always give thanks to Him by helping others in society. Sometimes we get more blessing from God, and we forget to give thanks, and we tend to thinks that tithing is all that is needed from us as Christian. However, that is not the case for Christian as we are supposed to tithe and also give to other people in our life.
Giving Is Relatively Easy:
Sometimes giving is an easy activity and only requires little from us. For instance, there are many ways you can give to others. You can offer to others your time where you sacrifice your time for other people in society. On the other hand, a Christian can provide warmth friendship to other people, thus making them feel compassion and love.
God Uses His Power Through Giving:
We as Christian, we are the Ambassador of the Lord, and thus, Lord can use us to manifest His love to the universe. When going through some difficulties in life, one would pray to God, and He answers those prayers through those people around you. For instance, a Christian may be used by the Lord in answering someone else prayer, which shows some power of God. We should always open our heart and allows God to use us in manifesting his power to all Christians.
We need to embrace giving rather than expecting to receive since it has more Blessing from God. Many people need our help both spiritually and also in material things, thus showing the need for Christian to give more. There is a need for the Christian to ensure they demonstrate some acts of love and also compassion to each other to ensure no one is suffering in our midst.
Lord blesses us through small acts of helping other people; thus, we as God ambassador, we should manifest this in our life. For example, there orphans children and also streets kids who need our help to survive, and we should extend the hand of compassionate to them. Besides that, there are those people who are poor in their heart, and as Christian, we should help them.
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Here are just a few of Hollywood’s most talented Christians!
Kirk Cameron became a born-again Christian when he was 17 years old. He has left mainstream Hollywood behind him, as he now focuses his energy and talent on Christian projects. He has said, “Put your nose into the Bible everyday. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian.”
Birthplace: Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Evangelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Presenter
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Chris Pratt became a devout Christian after an interaction with a stranger in Hawaii when he was a teenager. “He was like, ‘I stopped because Jesus told me to stop and talk to you. He said to tell you you’re destined for great things.’ My friends came out, and I was like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna go with this guy.’ I gave my soul to Jesus within, like, two days. I was stuffing envelopes for his organisation, Jews for Jesus,'” Chris Pratt told Esquire of the meeting.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star surprised fans in 2017 when his acceptance speech for Choice Sci-Fi Actor at the Teen Choice Awards was filled with Christian undertones. He also often mentions his religious beliefs on Instagram, such as when he announced his engagement to now-wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, saying, “Proud to live boldly in faith with you.”
Birthplace: Virginia, Minnesota, United States of America
Profession: Actor, Singer
Birthplace: Ryan, Oklahoma, United States of America
Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
Actor Gary Busey became a born-again Christian after suffering a life threatening motorcycle accident in 1988. In 1996, he was quoted as saying, “I am proud to tell Hollywood I am a Christian. For the first time I am now free to be myself.”
Birthplace: Baytown, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Musician, Actor, Voice acting
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Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, was raised in a Jewish household. In the late 70s, the “Like a Rolling Stone” singer became a born-again Christian.
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician, + more
Mr. T is a born-again Christian. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he gave away all his gold, stating, “As a Christian, when I saw other people lose their lives and lose their land and property… I felt that it would be a sin before God for me to continue wearing my gold.”
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Profession: Wrestler, Bodyguard, Actor, Voice acting, Motivational speaker, + more
George W. Bush
After spending years drinking and partying, in 1985 George W. Bush was born-again as an evangelical Christian. He has said, “I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn’t do my job.”
Birthplace: Eastern United States, New Haven, New England, New Haven County, Connecticut, + more
Profession: Pilot, Businessperson, Politician
In 1998, Jane Fonda became a born-again Christian. She discusses her faith in her book My Life So Far. She said that she developed an eating disorder when she was 60 years old and Christianity helped her get her life back in order.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor
Bono is quoted as saying, “I wish to begin again on a daily basis. To be born again every day is something that I try to do. And I’m deadly serious about that.” His Christian beliefs have helped fuel his activism and desire to make the world a better place.
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter
In 1995, race car driver Jeff Gordon became a born-again Christian. He now speaks openly about this joys and benefits of finding religion.
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States of America
Profession: Race car driver, Actor, Voice acting
Alice Copper grew up in a Mormon household and his father was a lay preacher in the Church of Jesus Christ. Cooper became a born-again Christian after struggling with drugs and alcohol for much of his adult life. He has said, “Drinking beer is easy.
Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.”
Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States
Profession: Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor
Mickey Rooney became a born-again Christian in the early 70s. He claims that an angel approached him at dinner. He has said, “All the muddy waters of my life cleared up when I gave myself to Christ.”
Age: Dec. at 94 (1920-2014)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Soldier, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Radio personality
Model Niki Taylor became a born-again Christian after being involved in a life threatening car accident in 2001. She attends the Calvary Chapel Brentwood in Nashville.
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America
Profession: Fashion Model, Model, Supermodel
Country music legend Johnny Cash became a born-again Christian in 1968. On being born-again he said, “A few years ago I was hooked on drugs. I dreaded to wake up in the morning. There was no joy, peace, or happiness in my life. Then one day in my helplessness I turned my life completely over to God. Now I can’t wait to get up in the morning to study the Bible.”
Age: Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)
Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States of America
Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor
Teen idol Jesse McCartney considers himself a born-again Christian, and he frequently wears prayer bracelets. He doesn’t speak publicly about his faith very often.
Birthplace: Ardsley, New York, USA
Profession: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting
After having a near death experience after a fight in 1977, George Foreman became a born-again Christian. Shortly after this experience he became an ordained Christian minister in Houston.
Birthplace: Marshall, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Entrepreneur, Author, Actor, Professional Boxer, Minister of religion
During the late-1990s, MC Hammer became a born-again Christian, and he now chooses gospel music over hip-hop. He has also been ordained in the Church of God in Christ.
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
Profession: Spokesperson, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur
Stephen Baldwin became a born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks. He believes that his outspoken opinions on being a Christian have cost him film roles. He has said, “I think it’s really terrifying that a country based on the foundations and ideals of God, is now systematically removing God from everything. Everything!”
Birthplace: Massapequa, New York, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Writer, Film Director
After retiring from baseball in 1999, MLB star Darryl Strawberry became a born-again Christian. He has said, “I’ve always lived a high life, but here it is. God has brought me to a simple life to do his will.”
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Baseball player
Angus T. Jones
In 2012, “Two and a Half Men” actor Angus T. Jones became a born-again Christian and encouraged people to stop watching his show because it’s “filth.” He has said, “Committing yourself to some kind of job that isn’t committed to God is going to bring so much trouble into your life. It’s not good and not something I would suggest that someone seek.”
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, USA
Sherri Shepherd became a born-again Christian later in life. She was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, but became disillusioned with religion in the early-1990s. She has said, “If I didn’t have God I would have been dead. First of all, if I got into this entertainment industry without God. I would probably be on drugs.”
Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
Profession: Comedian, Actor, Presenter, TV Personality
Chris Tucker became a born-again Christian in 1997. He declined to reprise his role as Smokey in Next Friday or Friday After Next because of his faith.
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Actor, Stand-up comedian
Actress Kim Fields is an outspoken born-again Christian. She has said, “The entertainment industry has its own perils and ups and downs, like any industry. But in just life itself, I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to be without God. And I’ve tried to be in this life without God: no thanks.”
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Television producer, Actor, Singer
John Corbett became a born-again Christian after he read the Bible in 1986. He was raised Roman Catholic. He has said, “Me and the Lord are on good terms. I travel a lot. There’s a little Catholic church that I go to once in awhile, but I haven’t found a church that I like to go to. Church bums me out, too. I just read the Bible and pray.”
Birthplace: Wheeling, West Virginia, United States of America
Profession: Spokesperson, Laborer, Businessperson, Actor, Hair Stylist
In 1999, rapper Mase renounced his own album after becoming a born-again Christian. In 2012, Mase compared his job as a preacher to other hip-hop artists starting clothing lines. He said, “I thought I could do more than rap and I just so happen to be right. I see different artists making clothing lines and people respected it.”
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Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
Profession: Songwriter, Rapper, Musician, Actor, Pastor
Wilson Phillips singer Chynna Phillips became a born-again Christian in 2003 after being inspired by her brother-in-law, Stephen Baldwin. She has said, “Nothing is more gratifying as a Christian believer than being able to thread my faith and love for Jesus into my music.”
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Singer, Philanthropist