“Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which Thou has done, and Thy thoughts toward us; there is none to compare with Thee; if I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count.” -Psalm 40:5
In the summer of 2009 my youngest son, John expressed an interest in participating as an extra in Advent Film Group’s second full-length film project, HERO, a father/son reconciliation story centered around a little league baseball team. AFG’s vision to train up the next generation of young Christian film makers so resonated with my heart and that of my late husband, Chris, that we both prayerfully agreed that John should audition for the film, and we trusted God for whatever outcome He had ordained.
John ended up getting a small role as a featured extra in HERO, and though his daddy went home to be with the Lord before the movie even completely finished filming, I know Chris would have loved to see his son engaging all his heart and might into his small role in the film.
Little did I know then, but John, who had never been in film before, would absolutely love acting. A few months after his dad passed away, John expressed how he wanted to be in more films, to represent characters who tell a story about healing and forgiveness and new life. As a widow now, waiting on God for His care and leading of my children, I had great peace that God could be trusted to guide us through this season.
After praying with my son and committing the desire of his heart to the Lord, we asked God to bring more film opportunities if He wanted John to continue to act. John had just turned 12—I wanted to guard his heart and time, and only do what God was clearly leading us to, so I didn’t sign John up for a talent agency. Yet, we both knew God could open a door to audition for another film if it was His plan.
Two months later, we heard from our pastor about an opportunity for John to audition for another independent, Christian film. FOR THE GLORY is based on the true story of Kurt Kuykendall, a young man whose dream of becoming part of the US Olympic team is nearly shattered by his broken family.
John auditioned for the role of Young Kurt, and prayed for God’s will to be done, even if it meant he didn’t get a part at all in the movie. How surprised he was when the director called and told him he got the lead role of Young Kurt! “I was sure the director was calling me to say I didn’t get ANY part,” I recall John saying to me that day.
Playing the son of an alcoholic mother in FOR THE GLORY was a difficult role for John, but God gave him grace to rise to the challenge. As believers, we can know that God hears our prayers for our children that they might faithfully represent Christ their Savior in all they do, and do everything with all their might as unto the Lord.
One of the beauties of the homeschooling lifestyle is that when your children start preparing for adulthood, you can actually participate in life-changing opportunities that help to shape who they become as adults. You, as the parent, are entrusted to hear God’s voice, asking Him for wisdom and grace to follow His leading.
There’s no place like home,
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