Monday, April 11th, 2011
God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood, #5
Honor Your Start
Honor your father and your mother.
Exodus 20:12 (NAS)
Among actors and artists, changing agents is common. Occasionally, a switch may be necessary if an agent leads you in the wrong direction. Most times, however, performers leave one agent to join another from ambition or greed.
Even worse than changing agents is forgetting those who helped you get there--your mother agent, teacher, parent or friend who believed in your talent first. They fanned the flame of your dream when it was just an ember. They sacrificed so you could soar.
Dream lovers are rarely celebrities. They may not dress with style, speak with ease, frequent the 'right places,' or know 'important' people. They may even embarrass you with a home-town peculiarity you think you've outgrown.
But don't forget your start. Remember the ones who supported you spiritually, materially or emotionally when you were without means. Give them loyalty, credit and glory. Invite them to your Awards Banquets.
Do what David did. When he discovered the crippled son of his deceased best friend, 'David said to him, 'for 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. '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 will honor you when you honor your start.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the God's Ten Commandments For Hollywood series.