Ben Affleck has had a hard time lately. He has recently been through a divorce, and he has faced harsh reviews on recent films. And, while he has made his share of poor choices, I want to congratulate him on his most recent decision – choosing to step down as the director of the new Batman movie.
Successful actor-directors are rare. Very few actors have been able to take on a leading role while managing and directing a film. With few exceptions, history has not been kind to actor-directors in major films.
Why is it so hard to direct and act at the same time? The actor should focus on doing the best at their own role. The director, however, focuses on all the actors accomplishing his vision. And he has to manage people, time, budget, etc. There is a lot to do!
It occurs to me that the life of the faithful servant of God shares similarities with the actor-director dilemma.
- Most of us would do far better to concentrate on our own role. As the Apostle Paul taught, we should attend to our own business (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
- Often, we worry too much about God’s job and try to question His direction. As Isaiah 45:9 reminds us, “Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker…Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?…’”
- Psalm 23 is an amazing reminder that God directs us to what is good and best. It is a place where we can do His will, for His glory.
A good director explains His vision and gives the actors the tools they need. He knows his actors, their talents, and their abilities. He brings the picture in on time and in budget.
God has given us the Word to lead us, the Spirit to encourage us, and the talents to complete the task. He knows the hour for the completion. He paid the price to accomplish the production. What a director! And guess what? Your role is still available in His Kingdom – a part made just for you.