An Open Letter To Miley Cyrus

Dear Miley,

I suppose it could be presumptuous of me to write to you, since we do not know one another. In actuality I have never bought one of your CDs, watched your television show, or bought a ticket to your movie. I do have a nine year old grand daughter who thinks you are awesome.

I do know that you are beautiful and talented. You have a bright future ahead of you. You seem to have a genuinely great relationship with your parents. You have a lot going for you.

The reason for my letter is to encourage you to remember how you became the star that you are today. So many celebrities who find fame as children grow up to find themselves in wretched circumstances. Some grow older and lose some of their childhood cuteness. They try to sex up their image to prove that they’re no longer the children we loved on television…now they’re adults. And to prove it they remove their clothing and curse like sailors. I don’t know about anyone else, but those are not the marks of a mature adult…it looks more like desperation. Some child celebrities use their fortunes to live lives of utter excess and the door to the rehab center is, to them, an all-too-familiar swinging door. Some child stars make the news later in life as a result of crime and even suicide. Remember that you became a star as someone who portrayed a good person, led a normal life, and sang about everyday things. You do not have to become a different person to remain a star.

I would encourage you in the same way I would encourage any young person. Find something that matters and give your life to making a difference in one arena or another. I liked the American Idol segment with you and your dad. Perhaps you will follow in Dolly Parton’s footsteps and create a whole new economy in your impoverished home county. It’s within your potential to do that. You have been exposed to a variety of opportunities that many young people never see. Fame, money, recognition, fans, and the temptations of producers who want to make as much money as possible off of your trademark … most of us do not have these situations in our lives.

I think the best way to keep your life above the mistakes that we so commonly see Britney, Christina, Lindsey, and others making is to keep God in your life. I wish those young ladies well. We all make mistakes, but only God can take them away.

Miley, I expect you to be a star for a long time. You’ve got what it takes. But as you make that transition from 15 to 20, please do not fall into the same traps as others have. There are exceptions. Find out why they managed not to fall off the edge of sanity. Stay close to your family. Keep Jesus in your heart.

Many blessings to you,

John Dobbs


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