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We watched her grow up. Some of us may have even grown up with her. The spunky blond singing sensation was just 11-years-old when she wowed us on The All New Mickey Mouse Club TV show in 1981. She was talented and cute and turned into a beautiful young woman and a multimillionaire.

Teens and younger girls wanted to look just like Britney Spears and hundreds and thousands of teen boys found her the stuff of dreams. There were soon a lot of Britney look-alike tween girls and we weren’t sure it was a good thing.

Growing up in the spotlight is a challenge for anyone, but it seemed especially hard for Britney. She left the cuteness of the mouse ears behind and became more and more provocative. Her debut album, while still a teen, “Baby One More Time,” was anything but Mickey Mouse-like. 

Morals Spiraled

As her popularity grew, her morals seemed to spiral until most of us watched horrified when she married a rapper who had already fathered two children out of wedlock in 2004. Who’s to say what went wrong or if her recent decision to divorce her husband and raise her two sons on her own is the right decision. What I do know is that few people now want to use Britney as a role model. Because she’s a child of God, I pray that her future will be bright. And I also pray that the young women, who mimicked Britney and wanted to be just like her, will find someone else to look up to.

Patterning our lives off of anyone is risky. One day they look pretty good – the next, they may not be making good choices. So where do we look?

Hebrews compares our life to a race and it doesn’t mince any words about where we’re to get our strength or our template for how to live our life. “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!" (Hebrews 12:2-3).

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