Are you an extra?

October 13, 2010

I read a post by a Facebook friend recently.  “Still waiting for my scene as a movie extra.”

Now I know this particular person, and I know that being an “extra” is just one of a thousand things he can do well.  For him, being an extra probably means a little extra spending money and fodder to feed his fertile imagination.  But it made me think about a lot of other people.  So many are waiting for their fifteen minutes of fame, their “big moment” which for most will be a non-speaking role in a no-budget production that won’t even make the art-house scene.  Instead of doing their best at what they are doing, while working toward the next great thing, people often settle by doing their best to stay out of trouble, while waiting for the next free thing.

While waiting for a role, whether it be as a lead or an extra, we need to be about something, we need to be at work. The Bible is pretty clear on this subject.  Paul’s comment to the Thessalonians pulls no punches:  “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (II Thessalonians 3:10)  And of course there’s the verse we try to help kids grasp: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,” (Colossians 3:23)    “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Proverbs 14:23)  “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.”  (Revelation 2:2)

There is nothing wrong with wanting, even hoping for something better to come along.  It is even a good thing to work for something better.  But to simply wait for it is a waste of your gifts and talents.  Do something in the meantime before the times become mean.

The chance at being an extra may come along.  But while you wait, like my friend does, try out for the lead role.  It will give you something to do while you wait to do nothing.

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