Recently I watched a movie based on a true story called the Foxcatcher starting Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. If you haven’t seen the movie yet I want you to know that I’m going to be talking about it in today’s writing. This movie is about a rich man by the name of John Eleuthère du Pont who was an American philanthropist a published ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist, conchologist, sports enthusiast, and self-styled wrestling coach and heir to the Du Pont family fortune who in 1996 murdered Olympic gold medal winning wrestler Dave Schultz. He was a very disturbed man who grew up isolated due to the fame of his family and feeling unloved. Growing up with his mother after his parents divorce he fought for her approval. He grew up trying to impress her but no matter what he tried he never could.
He loved Olympic style wrestling but she hated it because she felt like they were above that due to their wealth, but she loved horses and owned several of them hoping that he would take to it but he never did. As a child she paid people to be his friend and eventually he found out when he got older. As I watch I can see the pain in his eyes and only could imagine how he might have felt. Only if he would have known what God had said that applied to him in Matthew 3:17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
He never sensed a feeling of belonging and used his wealth to hide a void that was missing. What if he had know what God said in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. 1 Timothy 6:9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Could his life ended differently including those around him? Would he have decided to stop trying to buy people in order to feel accepted. That’s what he did when he wanted to feel in control when in the scheme of things he never was. He built an amazing wrestling gym on his property and brought in Olympic wrestlers to train and live on is property even paying them really to fill the void of loneliness. He pretended to be the coach of the team but truly had no knowledge on how to coach but he wanted his mother to feel proud of him but that never happened. After her death he went into a down ward depressive spiral and eventually ended up doing something very tragic to one of the wrestlers. As I continued to watch the move understanding that this was a true story I began to think about how many people are out there like that in this world. How many of us are trying to fill a void that’s missing with other things? How many of us are craving for acceptance from others to the point that we will do what-ever it takes to receive it? The truth of the matter is that we were born with a void that needed to be filled. Mr. Du Pont had a true friend that was willing to risk it all just for him. John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Sadly enough he never knew all along that the missing void in his life was Jesus.
If you’re just like Mr. Du Pont trying to fill that missing void in your life with other things like people, drugs, alcohol, money, food or anything else not mentioned, just know that there’s only one who can truly fill the void missing no matter how hard you try. JESUS!!
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus and you’re willing to allow Jesus to become your personal savior say this prayer. Pray Lord I confess with my mouth that you are Lord and believe in my heart that you rose from the dead for my sins. I ask for forgiveness of my sins and ask that you come into my heart teaching me and guiding me in the way that I should live in Jesus name I pray Amen!!! If you said this prayer and you meant it from your heart you are now saved by the blood of Jesus!!