My First Post
Since I first dipped my toes into acting as a profession it has been important to me to actively consider what it means to be a Jesus-loving actor. I’ve wrestled with tough questions and been challenged to evaluate and re-evaluate the answers.
How do I actually do everything in the name of Jesus?
How do I love a difficult cast mate as Christ loves them when I can’t even stand to be around them?
Are there roles or productions that God says are off-limits to me?
How do I penetrate the darkness without allowing it to penetrate me?
As a young actor, I kept looking around for older and wiser Jesus-loving actors to counsel me but I often found myself disappointed. To be honest, I didn’t see a lot of professing Jesus-lovers intentionally navigating their career through the double filter of excellence in performing and Jesus Christ. What I saw was a lot of “one or the other” compromises.
It seemed you had to make a choice. You could either love Jesus completely but be a sucky actor, or you could be an amazing actor but a sucky lover of Jesus. “This can’t be it,” I thought. We are made in the image of God and God is the ultimate artist. I can’t help but believe that people who have asked his holy spirit to be with them always should be the least-sucky actors on the planet. And didn’t Jesus prove during his time on earth that it’s possible to be in seemingly ungodly situations with ungodly people without compromising in our love for God?
I hope you feel seen and encouraged as a Jesus-Loving actor as you read. I hope you feel challenged to more deeply weave your life as an artist into your life in Jesus. Above all, I hope our adoring Father draws you deeper into His arms throughout your journey as a Jesus-Loving Actor.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.