A film team member and friend and I were discussing success the other day, a topic many people engage in at one time or another, in one form or another.
** How can he make it when it’s obvious the man has no talent?
** Why should she have so many film deals when her claws cut deeper than a lion’s?
** That guy has no scruples; why is he worth millions?
You can think of a dozen similar questions. How can some folks embrace triumph or great fortune, when clearly they’re not God-honoring, compassionate or benevolent, or even remotely nice? Why do others—those who work diligently, boast a good heart, and respect their neighbors—not receive the proverbial break?
There are a lot of theories and beliefs, and sayings.
** Bible study classes claim Christians have it hard; their belief in Jesus and the Almighty make them prime provender for the Enemy’s insatiability.
** Money doesn’t buy happiness.
** Being rich doesn’t necessarily make you a success or get you into Heaven.
** It’s the luck of the draw.
** Chuck it up to bad karma.
** The effort was feeble.
There are dozens of explanations and excuses, and aphorisms; some make us feel better, some simply sound tired or trite.
The two of us agree that we all have God-selected destinies. Perhaps our goals and dreams are the same as His, perhaps not. Either way, He’ll guide us and provide when the time is right. If He wants us to be successful in the film world, it will happen, but He deems when the time is right.
Makes sense. If we had sold a script five years ago, would we have been ready to pursue our film careers, our “callings”? Emotionally yes, to a point. Spiritually and intellectually, no, definitely not. We’d not have seen the whole picture, and maybe we’d have ended up as self-absorbed or ego-driven as many others out there.
Hardships and struggles make us stronger and foster wisdom—wisdom that can only come with challenges, insight, time, and wholehearted faith.