Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney Speak to Homeschoolers

On October 6, 1991 Elizabeth Taylor was married for the 8th, and presumably last time. Ironically Taylor’s adolescent screen partner Mickey Rooney has also been married eight times so far. Perhaps you remember these two paired in one or more of the truly great movies including three of the delightful Andy Hardy films, Babes in Arms and of course National Velvet.  Two young Hollywood superstars who both went on to illustrious film careers that are have seldom been equaled.

Yet in love, it seems, neither was ever happy. Between them 16 marriages and 14 divorces. (Michael Todd- one of Taylor’s husbands died while they were married, and Rooney is still married to his 8th wife. They could never be satisfied it seems.

Have you ever found yourself dissatisfied with your situation or circumstances? Chances are you have if you’re normal. Perhaps it’s your marriage. More likely it’s your financial situation or your living circumstances, etc.

Psalm 17:15 says, “And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” (That will be enough for me!)

Exodus 20:17 reminds us, “You shall not cover your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Including their marble countertops and their Chevy Suburban!)

Proverbs 5:18 admonishes us, “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” (Or husband of your youth!)

Perhaps Taylor and Rooney felt entitled to more than most mortals; entitled to happiness at all times and in all circumstances. Perhaps they didn’t know the simple truth that life isn’t always happy and fun. Perhaps they never learned that trials often cause more growth than blessings. Perhaps they didn’t know that marriage is as much or more about becoming holy as it is about becoming happy.

Or maybe they simply made the mistake that so many of us make by confusing real life with movies that always seem to have a happy ending.

Consider watching one of the wonderful Taylor/Rooney films with your children today and think about the remarkable lives they’ve both lead. Then ask the Lord to help you find greater satisfaction in your circumstances and to help quiet the murmurings of dissatisfaction that seek to undermine our lives.

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