If there were a few words to encompass my daily life, I would commit to you that Musical Theatre would be those words. At seven years old, a shy girl stepped onto a stage to audition for a musical entitled Annie. That girl’s entire world would change, as year after year she would return to a stage and perform. Since that day, I have been blessed to play various roles. A few of my favorites including a Mersister in the Little Mermaid, as well as various roles in a production of Les Misérables. In my area, I have performed in numerous shows: Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, The School of Rock, and so on.
Now I am still highly involved in Theatre. It is both my greatest hobby and among my greatest blessings. Many of my happiest moments are under a light in a costume. Never do I feel more like myself. I feel pure joy. Today, I have dreams and goals. And I still pursue my passion.
You have put more joy in my heart than when grain and wine abound. – Psa. 4:7
Truly I believe that I would not be who I am without the influence of theatre in my life. Theatre has taught me the importance of humility. And the tendency I have to become indulgent in pride. Theatre has revealed to me the importance of being a good role model for our younger generation. It has assisted me in learning a very important truth: simply because I don’t have the role my heart longs for does not mean that I am insignificant. Or mean that God forgot about me. Through disappointment, he has shaped my heart. Helped me to realize that I am not a letter or number or name.
With each show I partake in, I become a better version of myself. In my eyes, that is something to smile over. Often, I feel as though we do not remember that God is our friend. Is that an earth-shattering concept to consider? It is. Yet, it is true. He wants us to live a fulfilled and happy life where He has planted us. Happiness and joy are things that He prizes. He promotes these attributes. Rejoices in them!
Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say rejoice. – Phi. 4:4
If I am honest, I don’t thank Him enough for planting me where I am now. Truthfully, it has become so normal to me that I do not remember the unique opportunities he has provided me with. And the connections that He has given me.
I would like to challenge you. Think about this. Has God done something in your life to bring you joy? It doesn’t have to be huge. Joy could be a smile or a new friend. Perhaps a promotion or activity? In the past few weeks, I have been blessed with opportunity after opportunity. Door after door He has opened for me. And still, I forget to thank Him.