The “Pop” in Pop Culture

The “Pop” in Pop Culture

by Betty Boydstar_wars_logo_640_large_verge_medium_landscape

What is it about pop culture that intrigues us?  I find it rather fascinating.  I have always been a fan of certain types of pop culture, I generally do like trends, but some of these have been more fun and unique.

One of my favorite trends comes from the 1970’s when we had mood rings, and pet rocks.  I had both a mood ring and a pet rock.  I was mesmerized by the changing colors the mood ring would display.  It was fun to wear and be part of something. While owning a rock maybe somewhat strange, I did not have any pets while growing up, and having a pet rock again gave me solidarity. I no longer own either of these, but during a time when I was trying to fit in, it was a way to belong, if even for a brief time.

Another of my favorite trends was the television shows and movies, such as “Star-Wars”, “The Brady Bunch”, “I-Spy”, “The Carol Burnette Show”, and “Gene Autry” to name a few.  I had an eclectic taste in television and movies.  I watched what everybody else was watching, hoping that I would have something in common to talk about.

I was not very popular in school. I just wanted to fit in. These trends or fads, made me feel–for a while at least–part of something.

Nevertheless, I was really missing the point; I should have been leaning on my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in all things, to include my relationships with others.  If I had only been more aware of the greatest relationship I can ever have, I would not have been so dependent on the world of pop culture.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some fun trends even today that I like, such as

E-books, and again, some interesting television shows.  However, what is different this time around is knowing who to go to for all my problems and anxieties.

I am making sure that I am totally dependent on Jesus Christ for everything.  Pop culture can be fun, but what is more relevant, is my daily interactions with Jesus Christ, and how I do His will in my life.

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