I was reading a devotional today and as I read it was as if the word “hope” was highlighted. My next thought was, “actors and actresses need large doses of hope”. The word “hope” means to anticipate, usually with pleasure. The longing and desire for something accompanied by the belief in the possibility of its occurrence.

Most actors and theatre creatives have high hopes of being recognized for the good work that they do. To be successful literally puts them “in the spotlight” (or their costumes or set designs). Whether that kind of recognition is a “tolerated” sidelight or a “hoped for” result, depends on the personality of the actor/designer.  Regardless of the level of notoriety or fame, each performer or designer has hopes of having opportunities to do that work they love and the accolades and applause become icing on the cake.

There are hopes too, frequently unspoken, of being at the top of their profession, working consistently, doing important work in film or on stage, winning awards, and maybe even being a celebrity. It could happen. It’s fun to hope. It keeps us going.

There are a lot of things along the way, though, that can dash those hopes, bring discouragement, rejection, and even cause some to abandon their once hopeful dreams. Romans 13:13 is a great reminder that the “Source” of hope has great plans for you:

Now may God, the inspiration and fountain of hope, fill you to overflowing with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as you trust in him. And may the power of the Holy Spirit continually surround your life with super-abundance until you radiate with hope! (Romans 15:13 TPT)

I love how this reminds us that those hopes we have came “installed”. And what actor/actress could not benefit greatly from “uncontainable joy and perfect peace”?

I will say that I have seen my hopes shift over the years as I have matured and sought more alignment with God’s will and purposes. But I have never felt like I gave up anything. Quite the opposite. If anything, it has been more like: “really God? That is a lot bigger than I think I can do…” or, “God, I think you must have the wrong person”. A couple of years ago I “heard” something that rocked me so much I said “God that is CRAZY”. My eyes fill with tears as I type this. I will tell you about it someday, because He said it and He will do it. I trust Him.

So here’s the thing. Actors and other creatives, often have super-high hopes… and it’s fun to watch some of them achieve their dreams. But what if we put our trust in the Source of hope, look to Him, who, after all, planted it within us, there is a power available that goes way, way beyond any “boot strap” power that you or I could muster. There is a dose of hope available to us, in a divine fountain, with possibility beyond imagination. It’s got your name on it.

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