Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
Friends To Success: Love
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NAS)
Every actor wants to speak with personality, authority, and unforgettable style. Surely every singer. Who doesn't want to sound like an angel? But without love, we are noisy gongs to God. We're 'Showtime at the Apollo' heading in the wrong direction.

If faith 'Removes mountains' (1 Corinthians 13:2) and 'Hope does not disappoint' (Romans 5:5), then 'Love never fails' (1 Corinthians 13:8). Consider zero failure. Acing every audition. Success in every job. That's the practical result of walking in love as an actor, model, or talent for Christ.

'Wait a minute,' you might laugh. 'Perfection is not possible this side of Heaven.' Well, nothing is impossible for God, and He perfects us. Here's the truth: love defeated Satan in the form of Jesus on the cross. Obstacles don't get any bigger than that. He gives us His victory through love. Therefore, expect:

1) Zero failure: you never fail until you quit. If you tried and lost a person, place, or thing, God prevented an accident in your life. Keep trying.

2) Acing every audition: every time you walk into a waiting room or a set, you become an ambassador of Christ; therefore, sow a seed, help someone who is lost, improve your skill, or make a priceless friend. The job is the icing--not the cake.

3) Success in every job: God promises 'All things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28). That's success. If you rest in His promises, wait on His timing, and follow His words, you will succeed in this field and beyond it.

So on a practical level, how do you walk in love in the entertainment industry? Smile when others frown. Help someone who's down. Give up your role as a 'striving actor' to become a 'thriving actor'--one who is joyful with each new opportunity.

Set an example. That's how you walk in love.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Enemies and Friends To Success 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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