wrong role

Cast in the Wrong Role

One of my favorite hobbies and interests over the years has always been theater. I love musicals, performing, and entertaining people. When I was little, I auditioned for everything I could and dreamed of being a star on Broadway one day. On two different occasions growing up, I auditioned for a musical in school, didn’t get the role I wanted, and then in true hormonal teenager fashion, stayed home and cried all day. I’ll save myself some embarrassment and omit the ages of these temper tantrums. In both cases my directors pulled me aside and explained that while they knew I wanted the leading role, they had specific intentions for me to be cast differently. They saw what I had to offer and in the big picture, knew that it would be better for the show if I played a different role than I had dreamed of.

Once I saw that the casting was intentional and I had value in those roles, my attitude changed. I was still sad that I wasn’t playing the leads, but I was far more excited to be who my directors wanted me to be. Sure, I could have tried to convince myself to swallow my pride and be content with a smaller role or maybe even had a stern lecture with my attitude, but I don’t think that would have actually produced heart change. It just would have produced guilt. It wasn’t until my directors looked me in the eye and told me the value I had in the cast as a particular character that I was able to jump on board with their decision.

 

I’ve had months (probably years) of subconsciously “waiting” for my desired life to show up, secretly frustrated that God hasn’t given me the role I dreamed of playing as a 20-something.

 

I wish this scenario was an isolated one. Unfortunately, I’ve had many similar temper tantrums with the Lord as a young adult. I’ve had months (probably years) of subconsciously “waiting” for my desired life to show up, secretly frustrated that God hasn’t given me the role I dreamed of playing as a 20-something. Have you ever found yourself saying, “Um, excuse me God? Wouldn’t my life be far more glorifying to you if it looked differently? Or if I didn’t struggle with _______? Or if I was thinner/richer/happier/etc.?” We know this sounds ridiculous. We can try to convince ourselves to be content or to be happy with what we have or to do “everything without grumbling or complaining,” but I believe that’s only behavior modification. I believe the gospel asks us to address deeper heart issues here. In order to address these, I hear God asking us a few questions through His Word…

 

1. Do you believe I have specific purposes for you to impact the kingdom?

As His children, we are intentionally (1 Corinthians 12:18) equipped with unique gifts, passions, and talents that God has given us for the good of the Kingdom. God already has in mind the role He wants us to play for his Mission (Ephesians 2:10) and doesn’t intend to waste any part of you or your story {tweet this}. By refusing to accept the qualities or life that God has given us, we are not doing the things that God has planned for you and me to do personally. There are things that he has in mind for me to do and things that he has in mind for you to do. No one can do those things for you. He has equipped you to do them.

 

2. Are you okay with not having a lead role?

Romans 12:3-6 and Philippians 2:3-4 describe the way we should live and think, considering others and their interests above our own. That’s easy to say and talk about when we are with our bible study group, but when it comes down to acting it out, that could mean some tough decisions. Do you give recognition where it’s due? Does your speech represent people in the best light? Are you okay with allowing someone to do a job that you know you would be better at?

 

3. Do you see the value and worth you have in His story of redemption?

When I think of the unique role that God has intended for me to play in His mission, I am reminded of the value that He places on His children. He isn’t scrambling around trying to find a character for you to play – He sees you and places you where you will be best used and most glorifying to Him. The roles He chooses aren’t always what we would have planned, but when we remember that we weren’t forgotten in the process, our attitudes change and we can begin to look forward to seeing God’s work through us.

 

He isn’t scrambling around trying to find a character for you to play – He sees you and places you where you will be best used and most glorifying to Him

 

So whether you are a lead, supporting role, or behind the scenes all together, trust that your loving Father has placed you where he wants you to be, for His glory and your growth. Remember that your loving Father was specific with what gifts He gave you and has intended purposes for those gifts, even if we don’t see them. The Director of your life sees you, knows you, and loves you profoundly. You haven’t been forgotten.

 

 

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Sarah Welles

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Sarah Welles currently lives in Riverside, CA, serving as a Residence Director at Cal Baptist University. She has a passion for people and seeing lives changed through the practical application of the gospel in everyday life. Sarah loves a good cup of coffee, being active, and laughing! She is thrilled to be a part of this league.


  • Darlene Hanson

    Thanks Sarah – such a great reminder.

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