The image I selected for this post is somewhat tongue in cheek. I really believe that walking in another person’s shoes will enlighten you. It will show you that you can do something you didn’t think you could do and it might even change your mind about what you originally thought.
This post was originally written on this day in 2012, but it still rings true, considering I recently stepped out of my writer shoes into my performance shoes. In honor of throw back Thursday. Here goes:
When I’m teaching drama classes, it’s hard for me to sit still. I like to become actively involved with my students. It might be the actor in me, but I often find it easier to show by example. That’s why I still like to perform in a show once in a while.
As a director, it’s easy to see where young performers should be in the scheme of things and how they should deliver their lines or what their motivation should be; but to be a really good director, it seems to me that you should work on the opposite side of the stage once in a while to see what the actor actually goes through.
The same thing is true for an actor. When you’re performing, you don’t always see what you look like and even if you think you’re doing well, without someone to guide you, your performance could easily fall flat.
In life it’s the same thing. We need someone to direct us through it, even though we think we’ve got it all figured out. It’s especially nice when you have someone who has lived it and knows what you’re going through – a teacher who shows by example.
In my case, I still flub things up and don’t get it right; but Jesus has lived the perfect life – without sin. He has experienced every emotion I have. He corrects and directs me with His Father’s law and the supreme example of forgiveness He showed while living here on earth. Praise our holy God for having the wisdom and love to share His only Son with us.
Through Him, we not only have forgiveness of sins, but everlasting life and a handbook for this one.