Tomorrow marks the release of a movie I’ve been waiting on in high anticipation titled “Heaven Is For Real.” Not because of the storyline (although it is amazing) and not because of who is behind the making of it (although I am a huge supporter of DeVon Franklin’s work). It’s because it’s yet another one of the dots that connects to what I heard God call into existence 4 years ago.
DOT 1: In 2010, I created my producing firm “B.A.S.H Films” as a part of a class assignment. I loved the vision so much that I decided to make it official based on God’s promise that I would be a part of a faith based entertainment industry that will produce quality movies for mass audience appeal. Of course, it seemed completely unbelievable with the types of movies that were box office hits at the time. Let’s also be clear that I had absolutely no connections in the movie industry. All I knew was TV.
DOT 2: So naturally I questioned His promise. I developed a few things here and there but to say I was skeptical of my ability to accomplish such a thing is an understatement. Last year, I stumbled upon a promotion for an event called “The Merge Summit” which at is core is a networking platform for people who desire to merge faith and entertainment. I had no idea anything like that even existed and it was on it’s 6th year! It was a rewarding experience to say the least and who did I meet as a result? … Devon Franklin. A man who I admired from afar. A man who’s book I studied almost as intently as the Bible. A man who is at the forefront of the faith and entertainment movement and a true powerhouse in the faith community. I shook hands with him, he signed my book, and I assured him that we would cross paths again!
DOT 3: The Merge Summit was like no other networking event I’ve ever encountered. Each day we started off with a worship service. One particular pastor stood out. His name was Toure’ Roberts. His words were powerful, endearing, and far from preachy. His church is based in Le Brea, LA and he is considered to be the pastor to the stars. A lot of celebrities and industry figures attend his church but that’s not what drew me to him. It was his down to earth persona. It was his ability to fly below the radar and not tout his importance in a community that is all about appearances. It was his ability to be “in” the entertainment world but not “of” it. It was his ability to lead a group of people who have the world at their fingertips but are void and hungry for the Word. It takes strong faith, not a strong man to accomplish such a feat.
DOT 4: A year later, Pastor Toure’ would release his first book “Purpose Awakening” and I would complete it in about a week. I rarely finish a book in one setting as it usually takes me a few tries to get through even a good book but this one was special. I admire that about him so I did what anyone walking in faith would do… something completely “ridiculous!” (to the natural eye at least). I applied to serve in his ministry. Yep, that’s right. I have no LA address. No LA job. No LA connections but I reached out in faith that one day I would be able to serve.
DOT 5: Then today, I run across this article in the trades titled “Hollywood’s Growing Faith in Christian Movies.” http://variety.com/2014/film/news/sony-shows-faith-with-wide-release-for-heaven-is-for-real-1201157172/
What does this all mean? There are moments in our journey that will reveal to you God’s promises in your life. It may not all make sense on how you’ll get there but believe that His plans are clear. Take some time out today to look back over the past few months and connect your own dots. You may be sitting there waiting on confirmation that He’s already given you. As long as you know He’s on board, trust the process and keep track of those “little” things that happen throughout the weeks and months that prove to you that you’re not crazy to believe that big, supersized dream! Once all the dots are connected, the big picture of His purpose for your life will be revealed!
Judges 6:15 “Gideon said to him, “Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter.” … God said to him, “I’ll be with you. Believe me, you’ll defeat Midian as one man.”