Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
Hurry Up And Wait 2020: Preparedness
Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.
2 Peter 1:10 (NKJV)
For many are called, but few are chosen.
Matthew 22:14 (NKJV)
Then the Kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them.
Matthew 25:1-3 (NKJV)
Most performers hope for a big break: the contract or role that launches them into major success. Entertainers and athletes yearn for that golden moment.

Reality TV auditions countless thousands to select a handful to display... and finally, one. Acting and modeling agents receive hundreds of headshots every week, but rarely choose any. Fewer than 1% of high school football players make the pros.

'Many are called, but few are chosen.' Christians know luck is a myth, but God is real. So are His golden moments.

What if one comes today, or a year from today, or ten years from today? Jesus teaches (and history affirms) that God's big breaks begin with an unexpected encounter: a life-changing meeting for a ground-breaking role.

Your biggest meeting is coming sooner than you think. It's with the King of kings. But what about a worldly meeting with a different kind of king? Maybe it's a king of film, fashion, music, theater or business?

What if that meeting has taken longer than you anticipated?

Then when you least expect it, opportunity comes. You're called to stand before a career-maker: a dream you have cherished.

But what if you aren't ready? What if your waiting period became a debating period? Doubters debated your dream, and you began to debate it yourself. What if you got discouraged and stopped practicing?

What if your talent got rusty and your image got crusty? What if you're running low on fuel, faith or fire?

The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins is about preparedness (see Matthew 25:1-13). Ten virgins waited for the right door to open. Five stayed ready. Five did not. Five walked through the life-changing door, but the others found it closed.

'What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open' (Revelation 3:7).

If 'Many are called but few are chosen,' I believe those who are chosen must excel in the godly practice of 'hurry up and wait.'

## Hurry Up And Wait 2020: Preparedness (Part 3)

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2013 Shine Devotion series, 'Hurry Up And Wait.' 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.

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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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