I love theater. I have always loved the arts, but particularly music and theater. They have always played a prominent role in my life; for example, I am in my 15th year of dance at Footlights Christian Dance Studio. My dad loves music and, while I may not have known much of celebrities like Justin Bieber or Katy Perry, I definitely knew of the people who my dad liked to listen to: The Beatles, Styx, The Rolling Stones, etc.. I have always been around music and knew how I could use music, and dance, to bring praise to God. That was a very important lesson that I was taught in church choirs, dancing at Footlights, and also through my family. However, one lesson I struggled with was serving God through theater (not biblical theater).
Serving through music seemed so clear because I really only did that with either Christian groups or Christian songs. However, when I got into technical theater I was in Flower Mound High School, a public school. We do shows that are not necessarily Christian based and sometimes not Christian appropriate, while they may be appropriate for high school students. I had a very hard time trying to find how I could do Tech at FMHS and still serve God.
A few years ago, I got the beginnings of an answer. Over the summer, I went to Student Life Camp. There, they give us free time and also some options to do during our free time. One of the days, you could “Hang with the Techies” to get to know the people who run the lights and sound during the worship services. I, still wanting an answer, chose to do just that. I wanted to find an answer. The Techies went over how they ran all of the equipment, told us about themselves, etc. and then opened the conversation to questions. So I asked how they say tech as a way to bring praise to God. What I expected was a straight forward answer. What I got was a starting point to go on my own journey of finding an answer and therefore, a purpose.
Now, I don’t quite remember exactly what she said, but I do remember leaving thinking that tech isn’t just about me. It’s about me and my audience. Thus, I have continually reflected about my purpose. I knew that God gave me a love of music and theater, but what is a love for something if you don’t know what to do with that love? I have been adding to my answer ever since then and my answer now is this: The show is not what conveys God’s message. I am. In Proverbs, it says that you must give what you do to God. I convey to the audience my love of God by giving them hard work, effort, and a result of a beautiful show. In other words, I work hard to give people joy when they come to the theater. I use the gifts that God has given me to bring joy to people.
We all have different opinions, and I hope that if you don’t agree with mine, go on your own journey and find what yours is.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23