Dare 2B Daring - June 05, 2018
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"Some days I don't know if I believe in God or Santa Claus or Tinkerbell.” – Anthony Hopkins in “The Rite”
Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of the most celebrated actors of our time. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for his service to the arts, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. Among his numerous other honors are an Oscar for Best Actor (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991) and three other Academy Award nominations.
Hopkins’ movie credits are far too numerous to mention. In addition to the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, some of his better-known films include “The Mask of Zorro”, “Meet Joe Black”, “The Elephant Man”, “Magic”, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “Legends of the Fall”, “Remains of the Day”, “Armistad”, and “Nixon”.
And yet, despite all his fame and fortune, I wouldn’t trade my life for his for anything.
For one thing, Hopkins has been married three times and divorced twice. Sadly, he is also estranged from his only child, a daughter named Abigail by his first wife. At various times in his life, Hopkins has battled alcoholism, and was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, a high-functioning form of autism.
Hopkins is a self-described agnostic, who believes that there is a "superior consciousness in all of us". He also once said, "I don't know what I believe, myself personally".
Perhaps the most tragic aspect of Hopkins’ life surfaced in an interview just last month. When asked whether he had any grandchildren, Hopkins replied, “I don’t have any idea. People break up. Families split and, you know, ‘Get on with your life.’ People make choices. I don’t care one way or the other.”
As the proud grandfather of four, I can’t think of more chilling words. Brady, Sadie, Levi and our soon-to-be-born grandson are the absolute lights of my life. I simply can’t imagine living without them, and the immeasurable joy they bring.
I have decided to pray for Sir Anthony that he would know the joy of being a “Papa”, and even more importantly, being a child of the King. Please join me.
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:36-37 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President