Sermon Illustrations

By now everyone has heard of the death of actor Heath Ledger. Just a few days ago this up and coming young actor was found dead in his lower Manhattan apartment.

From the outside looking in it would seem that he had it made. He had truly found the American dream. He had fame and fortune. Yet, this 28 year old man who seemed to have it all was found naked face down on the floor amongst the remains sleeping pills and antidepressants.

We do not yet know all of the details surrounding Mr. Ledger’s death, but it still appears that in spite of his fortune and fame he was a troubled man. He is not alone, because Hollywood has its share of disturbed stars and starlets. Just as they reach their height of fame and fortune it seems that many of these young actors and actresses begin down the slope of despair and depression.

They try new love, new drugs, and numerous other outrageous things to try to fill the emptiness they feel inside. Why do these successful people so often seem so empty and lost? Well, most of the time it is because they are empty and lost. No matter what pleasure they try it never fills the void they possess within.