Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I made it through

      The first weekend of the play is done, and from what I could tell, it was a pretty successful weekend. Everyone played the parts to the fullest, and the crowds laughed and clapped, it was awesome. We have 6 more shows to go, and I can't wait to get back out there and do it again.

      I made it through. When I was standing there seconds from walking down the aisle, my heart was racing, I was sweating and shaking, and just so nervous. I said to myself, "Mike, you have acted before, you have preached sermons to more people than this, calm down." Ahh, but I have never sang or danced. For as long as I can remember, people have made fun of the way I sing, and here I am walking down the aisle as Father Christmas getting ready to sing and dance in a show.

      So as I am about to sing, I just said OK God, please get me through this. I got up there and just went for it, I got all the words right, I didn't trip when I was dancing, and I don't think I embarrassed anybody. as the weekend went on my confidence grew and I think each performance got a little better. God didn't all of the sudden make me a great singer, or a great dancer, but what He did do is walk down that aisle with me. He gave me the courage to stand up and do something that people have made fun of me for before. Heck, I make fun of myself all of the time for the way I sing and dance.

      My faith in God gave me the strength and the courage to conquer my fear. He stood there by me as I sang, He danced right along with me, in front of all those people, so I didn't feel alone. He also put great people around me to support and encourage me. I am not going to try and tell you that my talent level has gone up to the level of the others in this play, but He did help me to realize that everything I do is to glorify His Name. By having faith in Him, and getting up there to sing and dance, I showed the strength and courage that my faith in the Lord has given me. God goes with you through all of your troubles, trust in Him, and He will give you the strength and courage to deal with it........



Monday, May 2, 2016

What if I fail?

Here we go again, another year another play. This time we are doing Narnia the Musical, and every role has to sing, and some even have to dance. Anyway, for those of you who know me, This would be an obvious play for me NOT to try out for, so I didn't. But, I guess they didn't have enough people try out, so they asked me and to make a long story short, I am in this play and my character has to sing and dance. (Perfect !!)

As the rehearsals went on, and I am watching and listening to everyone dance and sing, I sit and wonder why I am in this play. The talent level between me and everybody else is huge. I am almost totally deaf in one ear, which also causes me to be somewhat tone deaf. I can't hear the music to start my song, I have to have Mr. Beaver tap me on the shoulder to tell me when to start, and I don't sing, I kind of speak to the music.

So, this friday is opening night, and most of the cast sang a couple songs before each service this last Sunday to let everyone know about the play. As they sang, I sat there and wondered again, why am I in this play? Is it because there was no one else? Or, maybe it's because I am loud so when they run short on mic's I really don't need one. I really can't seem to figure out why I am in this play.

All I know is that God calls us to step out of our comfort zones. I think this is the farthest out I have ever been and it scares me a lot. I'm afraid I am going to embarrass myself, or worse yet, everybody else in the play. What if I trip, or forget the words, or start my song on the wrong beat, what if I fail?
There is only one thing to do, and no it's not quit, although I thought about that. I am going to put it into God's hands. When you turn it over to God, you don't carry those worries any longer, He has them. Even when the cares are still there from a natural standpoint, He has the load, not you. You can do it, you can cast all of your cares on to God, He tells us to do so. Put your trust in God, He won't let you down.....