Telling stories is my favorite thing to do. All the time. All day. Every day. No matter what. Storytelling is the best. It is probably the main reason why I love Theatre so much. Being able to live out the truth of a real person and share their story so that it can be seen and heard. To me, that is beautiful. Being able to share or even watch those stories develops my own worldview and even allows me to appreciate or even understand other worldviews.
ACU Theatre opened the musical Bright Star this past weekend and it was awesome. I play Daddy Murphy in this show and I will say that it has probably been one of my favorite roles to play in a while. And that is saying something considering I have been in 23 different shows in my lifetime. Actually, now that I write that down…that is kind of insane that I have been in more shows than years I have been alive..
Anyway, storytelling is my favorite.
I mention this because I have been asked quite a bit in the last few weeks..”So, what is next?” or, “Plan after graduation?” or, “If you had to choose, which one would you pick? Ministry, or Theatre?”
These questions have taken such a hold on me in the last 8ish months and it has been the worst. These questions have brooded in my soul and just weighed me down. They have been a source of anxiety for me. Even now, it has barged into my head. Now, if you have asked me these questions, do not even worry about it! They are important questions! I have just gone the wrong road of dealing with it, until recently I believe.
Life is short. Life is long. Life is important. Why am I spending more time thinking of what the right path is when I can spend that time focusing on God and living with Him in the now? God is going to use me wherever I am.
Yes, andliterally any improv artist
This is one of my favorite phrases. It is used in improv to accept the circumstances and to avoid negating what is going on. It helps the creativity flow and prevents obstacles from getting in the way.
Maybe something I say it too often in normal life, but I love it. I “yes, and” everything except to God. To God, I say “but..uhh…what about—”
Why do I do this? Because I am terrified? I am not exactly sure. Maybe because I want to know what I am “Yes, anding” to. And God does not exactly share the plan you “yes, and” to 100 percent of the time..
“Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”1 Chronicles 28:21
It matters what I do, yes. But, whatever I do, may it serve the house of the Lord. That is what it is about. That my life may be of service to God and not to self. That my life would be a “yes, and” for the Lord.
God is a storyteller. Where do you think Jesus got all those parables? This is not stated anywhere in the Bible but I like to think that God told Jesus those stories. Father to Son.
God is a storyteller. He tells stories with the lives of those who love Him.
Now, I don’t know what story my life will tell, but what I do know is that I will tell the story of Jesus with my life as best I can. I will fall. I will fail. But I will get back up again in order to be a storyteller. And I will walk that Journey as it takes me Onward.
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