Taking Risks by Trusting Others

Taking Risks by Trusting Others

When it comes to a big production, how much are we willing to risk?

We started planning for our Christmas Ever service way back in July. By September we had a first draft of the script. An entire team of writers, actors, musicians and technical people was involved in fine-tuning the ideas, envisioning the staging, and adapting/creating/recording the music.

Next came rehearsals, scenery work days, and discussions on details like the backgrounds for the projection screens. We had a team of talented, reliable adults, each doing their part to make the whole thing a success.

Then, just before our final dress rehearsal, we realized that one special effect needed a human stagehand to pull a cord on a certain cue. As director and production manager, it fell to me to find a suitable person.

This is when I remembered a conversation from a month ago: The mother of our teen actress mentioned that her younger son wished he could have a job as well. So naturally, I decided to ask this young man if he wanted the job.

All those months of preparation, rehearsal, and planning, and I decided to leave a critical detail in the hands of a ten-year-old whom I barely knew. With no back up.

Why?

Because I think Jesus wants us to take those kind of risks—to trust people without any guarantee that it will work out the way we hope.

It’s a lesson I learned doing dramas at a local school. I figured one of my main goals as drama director was to give kids a chance to try something they’d never done before, and an opportunity to prove themselves. So I trusted kids I didn’t know to paint scenery, make costumes, act parts or run the light board. Their parents thanked me for it.

I thank Jesus that he does the same thing for me. He entrusts his message and his ministry to untried, imperfect people like you and me. He gives us opportunities to try things we’ve never done, (and are not at all sure we can handle) and then uses our efforts to accomplish things we may never have imagined could be possible.

In case you are wondering, my stage hand hit his cue perfectly every time. (Although during the first performance, he disassembled his flashlight while waiting for his cue to head backstage, resulting in a few moments of panic as a tech person tried to reassemble it in the dark. But God is good and the batteries were found in time.)

And I might add that our entire production was really about going out on a limb. The show was unlike anything we’d done before, both in terms of style and content. We had no way of knowing for sure that all our crazy ideas would work, or that the audience would appreciate the results.

But it seemed like what God was leading us to do, so we plunged ahead. And people responded.

So my advice to everyone this new year is this: Don’t be afraid to step out in trust. Sometimes giving someone (or ourselves) a chance to grow into a new skill is more important than ensuring perfection.

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About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the school, church or library, she writes about life, both now and two-thousand years ago.

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