For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net;... We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.
Occasionally, a model, actor, singer, or dancer may find himself in a sticky situation. Often, it's no one's fault. Even the best agents can miss a small spot on the reputation radar of a new casting director or photographer. Or not be fully informed as to the content of a particular job. Like what?
Like a shoot or a set in which you are asked to wear something or do something you don't think is right. Or maybe you're in a model's apartment with behaviors that cross the line from questionable to dangerous. Sticky situations are not limited to the entertainment industry. They can happen anywhere when someone ends up in a place he doesn't want to be.
Tough Question #11: What's the right thing to do in a sticky situation and avoid the label of 'hard to work with'?
Consider this advice: 1) Politely excuse yourself to a restroom or private area to think and to pray. 2) Evaluate the situation objectively. Are you bothered by a secular behavior that is common to the world? Or is it something worse? Can you stick it out and complete your job? Or not? 3) If you prayerfully believe something needs to change or you need to leave, call your agent. He will handle it professionally. If you can't reach your agent, be discreet. Speak quietly and without judgment to the person in charge, saying: 'I'm sorry, but this situation is outside of my comfort level. I don't want to cause any inconvenience, but'... A: 'Can we change (make a kind request)'... or B: 'I need to leave.' Leaving is the last resort, because if you have a major role in a large production, many people are depending on you.
If you're wondering where God is or why you're facing a sticky situation, count yourself blessed. He judges you ready for testing. If you pass the test, promotion follows.
If it seems like an unusual reaction to be thankful for tough tests, you have unusual talent. Therefore, 'Glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint' (Romans 5:3-5).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Tough Questions For Christian Performers series.