Judy Garland is one of the great Hollywood tragedies of history. Born
Francis Gumm, a spunky and natural actress, she quickly changed her name to
something “more sophisticated” once her acting career began. Her success
was meteoric, achieving unsurpassed fame and fortune by age sixteen. Though
outwardly Garland appeared to be living the dream of Hollywood success,
behind the scenes she was a depressed, drug- addicted, miserable person.
After years bearing of this emptiness, Garland consulted with a therapist
for her struggles. The counselor asked, “Who is Judy Garland?” “A person I
can never become,” she answered. The therapist asked, “Then who is Francis
Gumm?” Her response: “Francis Gumm doesn’t exist anymore; Francis Gumm is
dead.” Several years later, Garland died of a drug overdose.
Never forget who you are! Our lives are not defined by our doings-neither
our memorable successes nor magnificent defeats. Our final definition is as
a precious creation of Christ, made in God’s image, who has, “more precious
thoughts about us than there is sand on the sea-shore.” To believe anything
else is to change our name, erase our identity, and destroy our real self.
“I am my Beloved’s, and my Beloved is mine.” Song of Solomon 6:3