Hi, I’m Shawn Bolz from Bolz Ministries, and this is God Today. I am so excited because one of my young friends moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. It was really interesting — he heard from God as a child and told his parents, “I feel like I’m called to act, Mom and Dad”. They were during a time of recession so they said, “You know what, we both lost our jobs, we might as well do it. He’s the only one with a leading from God.” They moved out with their 9-year-old son. By the time he was 11, he started to get more and more roles. He even had a dream of being on a Disney Channel show or a Nickelodeon show and he felt like he could really be a light there.
One day, he got an audition for one of those major networks. He was so excited about it. His mom had this inkling and she said, “You know what can you pray and ask God why He’s called you to be an actor?” He said, “Mom, I’m supposed to be a light, I’m supposed to be a city on a hill.” She said, “No, I know those scriptures. Those are great prophetic points, but can you pray and ask God? I just feel like He wants to show you something.” He went into his room and was gone for several hours, and when he came back he said, “Mom, Mom. I’m so in love with the actors, the directors, the producers, the grips, the make-up artists, I never loved them before. I’m so in love with them. They’re my destiny, they’re who I am called to. Everything else, the acting, was just my calling, I didn’t understand that my calling I was just substituting to be my destiny. But, I’m so in love with them. I have to do this for them, I have to do this for the sake of Jesus getting His reward here.”
Well, the next day they were at an audition, there happened to be a boy there that always competed with my friend. And this particular audition was the biggest one of his life, and this kid always won if it was between the two of them, but he happened to be sick. His mom said, “Honey, you have a chance, he’s sick. This is going to work out great.” He said, “Mom, I have to go pray for him.” He’s not the kind of kid who has ever prayed for healing for someone. He said, “I have to pray for him.” She’s like, “Honey, if you bring God into this they might kick us out of here, this might be a big deal.” And he said, “Mom, I have to do it.” So he walked over as an 11-year-old, to the other 11 or 12-year-old and he said, “Can I pray for you? I’m a Christian and I just feel like God doesn’t want you to be sick right now and I want to pray He helps you on your audition.” He was like, “Yea, sure.” And the kid’s mom was okay with it and they prayed for him and it just felt so good. He comes back over and his mom is so proud of him.
Then all of a sudden, the casting director comes in and asks this other boy to go, his competitor, asks this boy to go in and do the audition. And the casting director comes back out 15 minutes later and says, “ We found our boy, we don’t need any other auditions. So sorry, guys, good luck next time.” So, my little friend, his mom looks at him and says, “Honey, how do you feel, you didn’t get the role, you didn’t even get to do the audition?” He says, “Mom, I fulfilled my destiny.”
Many times we put our calling in the way of our destiny and we highlight our calling. But, that’s the thing we get to do to reach the people we get to love. And Jesus always had a joy set before Him. Hebrews 12:2 says, “He endured the cross because He had us set before him” – His joy. Who is the joy set before you? I want to pray for you right now. God, would you show us who we are doing our calling for? Who are the people we get to love? And I pray right now, that everybody who is watching, that you would show us our people. Show us who we get to love. Let us partner our hearts to your great love so that we will do anything for the joy set before us. In Jesus’ Name.