Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Deal Breakers (Part 6: Negativity)
Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned.
James 5:9 (NKJV)
Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
As God's rising stars receive offers of representation in the mission fields of entertainment, they must prepare for the circumstances that await them. When they begin, agents and casting directors are watching closely--eager to judge the marketability of new talent.

Marketability is determined in two ways: performance on stage and off. 'Off stage' includes auditions, interviews, and general 'likability.' Given actors with equal gifts, would you rather work with someone who was kind, appreciative, and positive... or a talented grumbler?

Therefore, negativity is a deal breaker. A physically qualified performer may get booked once because of ability but later overlooked or sent home because of negativity.

Negativity pops out in words, 'For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks' (Matthew 12:34): 'I don't like that song,' 'I don't think my hair looks good this way,' 'The casting director was rude,' 'I'm tired of waiting,' or 'I hate my roommates/pictures/etc.'

The enemy will present to you a never-ending list of possible complaint items... until you refuse to acknowledge them. But if he hits the pay dirt of negativity, he'll strike it again and again.

Remember two things:

1) You serve a 'Yes' God: 'For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us' (2 Corinthians 1:20). He expects you to be 'Yes' people, believing in faith that 'All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28). Those 'things' include testing circumstances.

2) Listen to your agent, manager, or skilled advisor: 'Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh... in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men' (Colossians 3:22-23). Respect industry professionals. God has placed them in your life for a reason.

To keep your career on track, don't give in to negativity.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deal Breakers 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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