Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, July 16th, 2011
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NAS)
Since actors, models, and talent face rejection on a regular basis, keeping today's Bible study in mind can make weak knees strong and grins reappear.

You didn't get the part? As young acting veteran, Mary Charles Jones, advises us at the end of an AMTC video, 'It's like playtime at playground. It doesn't matter if you messed up. Because you did have fun, didn't you?'

That was not a scripted remark. God spoke through this child star to all of His actors entering show business. He wants us to have fun. The process should be joyful. Leave the results to Him.

AMTC dancer, Caitlin Kinney, made it to the finals of So You Think You Can Dance. She got cut at the #11 position, right before the Top Ten (the ones who would go on national tour). That tough rejection was God's protection for his dancing daughter, who was secretly performing with a torn ligament.

After she got cut, Caitlin rested and healed. When the season ended, SCTYCD invited her to go on the 40-city-tour anyway. God's plan is always good, and His timing is always perfect.

Hollywood's Walk of Fame is filled with stars who were rejected until their big break came. If worldly stars can wait it out, how much more should God's stars show patience?

'Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land' (Psalm 37:34).

God is the Ultimate Director, and He is creating a masterpiece around us. 'For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay' (Habakkuk 2:3).

Until that victory comes, whether you lose one audition or a hundred, rejection is protection.

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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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