God sometimes says No.
And that’s okay.
But this lesson is painful for most of us. I wanted to make movies since I was nine years old. In high school I decided to be an actor. I offered that career up to the Lord. And, after a degree in college and years of professional acting, I got Crohns disease, the end result of which was that my acting career was finished.
It appeared God had said No.
So I got a job working at a national children’s cable channel. I started as a gopher and moved my way up. I worked for three years. I got to know the industry and it was here where my writing started in earnest. But, the toll of moving up the food chain was going to cost my family a lot. I was working six days a week, over 12 hours a day and my toddler daughter no longer recognized me when I entered a room.
Something had to change.
God once again said No.
So, I left my career and my childhood dreams behind and, over two painful years, retrained myself and got a “real job.” I’ve had a real job for over 10 years now, but my passion, my God-given talents for filmmaking have never left me.
But why? Why would God give me this passion and remove all paths to succeed using it?
It would take technological advances, three films and a growing faith for me to figure that out.