Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
Command Performances For Hollywood #5
Honor your father and your mother.
Exodus 20:12 (NASB)
#5: Honor Your Start

Among represented entertainers, changing agents is more common than not. Sometimes, a switch may be necessary, if an agent offers shoddy advice (or stops promoting without good reason).

But too many times, artists switch agents from selfish ambition or impatience.

Perhaps even worse than changing agents is forgetting the ones who helped them rise: their families, friends and local teachers: the ones who first believed.

When raw talent was unnoticed embers, hometown fans fanned the flames of their dreamers.

Here's the thing:

Dream lovers are rarely celebrities. They may not dress with style, speak skilfully, frequent cool spots or hang with cool people. They may even embarrass rising stars with quaint mannerisms they think they've outgrown.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: No matter the quirks, remember your start. Remember the ones who supported you spiritually, materially and emotionally when you began. Give them loyalty, credit and glory. Invite them to premieres and big parties.

Do what David did when he discovered the crippled son of his deceased best friend:

'I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father, Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather, Saul, and you will always eat at my table' (2 Samuel 9:7).

Do what Jesus did even on the Cross. He made sure His mother received good care:

'When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, Woman, behold, your son! Then He said to the disciple, Behold, your mother! From that hour the disciple took her into his own household' (John 19:26-27).

God honors you when you honor your start.

## Command Performances For Hollywood #5

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Command Performances For Hollywood series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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