Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Model Conduct 2021: Be Hopeful
Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer.
Romans 12:12 (NASB)
As actors, models and talent for Christ, hope provides your rock of stability in a flimsy, fickle land made of film.

'We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure '(Hebrews 6:19). It provides confidence in auditions and resilience in disappointments.

'Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech' (2 Corinthians 3:12)... Sure with undeniable certainty, you'll receive the right jobs at the right times.

Because the Lord of truth makes a promise, 'Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame' (Isaiah 49:23). And even more: 'Hope does not disappoint' (Romans 5:5).

Other actors quit when going gets hard, but God coaches His cast differently. You're not to 'Grieve as do the rest who have no hope' (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

He feels compassion for your hard-won path. He blesses you for your perseverance; 'You were tired out by the length of your road, yet you did not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewed strength' (Isaiah 57:10).

Take comfort in the Psalms of King David. He faced doubts, dream haters and depression:

'Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His Presence' (Psalm 42:5).

Conclusion: Disappointments are common. Sadly, so are hatred and betrayed. Even so, choose to go on... hopefully. 'Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord' (Psalm 31:24)...

And 'Hold fast the confession of your hope without wavering, for He Who promised is faithful' (Hebrews 10:23). You WILL succeed.

## Model Conduct 2021: Be Hopeful (Part 8)

NOTE: This is a 2021 edit of a 2011 Shine Devotion series, Model Conduct. 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 Model Conduct 2021 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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