My joy for today is Michael Jackson.
I am well aware that many of my potential readers will disagree with my lofty opinion of MJ. Go ahead, just ask me if I care. Some of my friends can attest to the passion that is provoked if someone dare questions this particular stance. Allow me to explain.
My sister and I went to see “This Is It” last night; opening day! I felt disappointed that I was not moved to tears, so I felt there was a little bit of greatness missing, but it was a wonderful display of the raw talent that was Michael Jackson. This fifty year old man, who had well-known health and addiction issues, could dance and sing with talent that overshadowed any other person on stage. As if with the ease of breathing, he would sing a few notes or dance a few steps that you could not find in a hundred seasons of American Idol. Despite any questions about his past or choices, the man was given a gift of talent. Greatness should be recognized and appreciated.
Furthermore, I think there is a great divide between people who may have viewed MJ as a “freak” versus those that viewed him as a lonely, hurt man-child. In any interview, documentary, or photo of Michael, the glaring cry for compassion was almost more than I could bear. I felt as if he were desperately reaching out for something, trying to find peace and comfort in a hurtful, lonely world full of people who had painfully betrayed him. I sincerely hope that he found the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ before his death. When I imagine heaven, I hope that MJ is there to greet me, singing “The Way You Make Me Feel.”
If you are one of the many who think ill of him, please ask yourself: are we not all freaks in the deepest depths of our souls? Do you dare cast the first stone? And let us apply this same theory to the many people in our personal lives whose choices we may question. Unless they are asking for our opinion, or doing something hurtful to us or someone we love that needs stopped, is there any need for our judgment of their lives from afar? Did Jesus spend a great deal of time in his short life on earth condemning others for their questionable choices? Our lives are but a blink of the eye. I choose to spend my speck of time avoiding judgment or condemnation when at all possible. I am far from perfect at this goal, but it is my goal, and now it is in print.
Thank you Michael for sharing your gift with the world; for bringing joy to so many through your God-given talent. If his untimely death can remind us of anything that is easily agreed upon, let it emphasize that This Is It. How will you spend your incredibly short and vulnerable time on this planet? I’m starting with the “Man in the Mirror” and will hug my precious children and wonderful hubby a little extra today.