What Is That To You?
Jesus said to him, 'If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.'
John 21:22 (NKJV)
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV)
Actors, models, and talent for Christ must not compare themselves to worldly performers. Within the secular talent industry, you are unequally yoked.
Picture two beautiful horses of intelligence and ability. One is white and one is black. The black horse is running toward success, following every command of his handler. The white horse hesitates, knowing his master is not leading him. He is whipped by the handler, but he isn't cooperating.
Meanwhile, the black horse is winning many races. But his handler is greedy and runs him too soon for an even bigger prize. The black horse stumbles, falls, breaks his leg, and is shot. Enraged, the handler goes back for the white horse, but his master has been watching his cruelty. He is fired.
Though the white horse is scarred, his mind, muscles, and heart are not. His master leads him to the biggest prize of all.
The horses are performers. The handler is an industry professional (agent, manager, or casting director). The Master is God.
Make no mistake. You are in the right race. This mission field of entertainment is the track of your destiny. But opportunities will arise, and professionals will want to push you to enter--for their benefit much more than your own. Always listen to your Master.
Never compare your race, your winnings, or your crowns to others. Not even to others within the faith. It's not wise. It's a potential thorn of jealousy that can spur you on to courses outside of God's plan. No matter what the world says, remember that your absolute victory is inevitable.
As for the success of other performers? What is that to you? Just follow Jesus.