Confession of a gawping Instagram user – I really enjoyed seeing the pictures from the red carpet at the Golden Globes. I love seeing all the gorgeous dresses, pretty hairstyles and nice makeup (I’m not even that interested in that stuff normally!). It’s an exciting time and it was made more real by an Instagram live video walking down the red carpet and getting up close to the celebrities. I honestly had no idea who half of them were…
To see the live video made it feel like I was there – a part of the glitz and glamour for a very brief few moments. I can’t imagine ever being a part of that world. If that ever happens, someone come and pinch me and point me back to this blog post. But seriously, it’s not going to be my experience.
However, I did spend some time in Los Angeles when I was 18 and as an aspiring screenwriter at the time, I walked down the Walk of Fame and longed to be a part of that world. I have fond memories of dreaming my way around Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. I touched the cemented handprints of Robin Williams and Tom Hanks outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It was all a dream come true for me and a part of me still dreams that I will get whisked up into that world. Not for fame, but for film. I love the buzz of seeing a production come together. I am fascinated by all of it.
I am so thankful for the time I got to spend in the USA and in Los Angeles in particular. LA itself was not the most beautiful or interesting place I visited whilst travelling, but it was the one that captured my dreams most beautifully. Here I am, almost a decade later reflecting on those feelings, thoughts and emotions of working in Hollywood.
Writing that just seems bizarre.
But dreamers are in good company.
C.S. Lewis said:
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
And it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Walt Disney said:
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
And if dreamers seem a little crazy to you, then here’s a word from Steve Jobs:
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
This blog is not about me desiring to conquer the movie industry.
It is a little bit of encouragement to continue to dream.
There have been times when I have wondered if my faith was all just a dream; that I was wrestling with doubt to the point that I had somehow missed God in all of it. Yet, even in my darkest moments, I am reminded of all of those times that God has drawn near to me. Like remembering that excitement of walking around Hollywood, I can recall those moments when I felt unshakeable in my faith because I had the confidence in God – my Rock and my firm foundation.
When it comes to daily following Jesus, there are days when I struggle and there are days of great confidence. Even when my dreams and circumstances are in flux, God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). And unlike Christian Bale who chose to thank Satan for inspiration in his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, I choose to thank Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t come into the world to inspire, but to save. Jesus radically transforms, makes new, gives life, gives hope, is truth, is freedom, is love.
When the Golden Globes end, there are still movies being made and there will be another awards ceremony. More people will make their dreams happen or perhaps never see the dream fulfilled. There will be more acceptance speeches, more gorgeous dresses and more after parties. Whatever you or I are dreaming of, I hope you will come to know that Jesus accepts you and loves you – you don’t need to try more, work harder or be better. You don’t need to strive. Just look upon that cross where Jesus laid down His life for you. Not to condemn you, but to save you and me from the power of sin and indeed, Satan himself.
I may not be a celebrity like Christian Bale, nor have a following like the Golden Globes, but for the platform that I do have, I choose to thank Christ for defeating Satan. What a hope. What a Saviour. What a reason to keep on dreaming and following Jesus.