Anything Worth Doing

Some say the goal in life is happiness,

but there are times in life where anything worth doing

will be stressful, involve pain, and make you feel

very different from the happyhappyjoyjoy state we profess to desire.

I say, find the things you find of value, even when they cause you pain.

Pursue those. For life is short, and nothing worth doing is done with eternal ease.

So, help us Lord.

Like Dandelions

The stage is set,

the audience is arriving, sitting down

We are undressing, redressing, getting into character

assuming our roles

Jim calls time and I take the stage, talk to the people

See how their day is, make them grow comfortable

Soon it’s time to go, I give the signal, we start to act

There are hula hoop performance, salsa dances,

excerpts from Joyce and Chekov

The living statue gives an erotic monologue

I sing a song, have my heart broken

and it’s all okay, all good

Tonight we’ll do it again

Then it’s curtain call,

we take a bow.

The audience cheers, we depart for the yellow room

They depart, we change

back into our normal selves, whatever that means

We talk with those who stay behind, clean up,

celebrate our victories, recap anything weird that might have happened

linger in the foyer, not wanting leaving

absorbing all the post-play magic that we can.

Then there are hugs and well wishes,

we get in our cars, we drive off

The next morning, when it’s not a theater night

A strange sense of loss consumes me

a grasping at the wind,

but theater is a moment, and eventually the place will cease its run

and all will move on

like Dandelions

The work never ends

God of life and passion and everything good,

bless my friends as they go on their way.

You are not! a Machine

You are not a machine!

You may push yourself to the limit

You may edit and (re)produce like none other

But, in the end, you are

thankfully, gloriously & uniquely


beyond the clothes,

beyond the skin

lies a soul rich crammed with more data

than the even largest memory bank

the wellspring of your individual experiences

rivals and outdoes any accomplishment

technology may bring about.


You are spiritual

and sensual;

you are alive;

you have purpose,

planned from the beginning

of time, undone by none,

purpose eternal



Pursuing Your Dreams: What It’s Like, and What to Do About It

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Summary: The sooner  we strip away the mythos associated with chasing your dreams, the sooner we can make clear and controlled decisions on what to do about it.

A few months ago, I attended a performance in LA featuring an acquaintance of mine. My wife was with me at the time. The performance was good, definitely made for a fun night out.

The thing that struck me most about it, though, was what my wife said before a word was said on stand. She leaned over and nonchalantly remarked, “Remember: all of these people left good-paying jobs to do this.”

I looked at the roster. She was right. All the bios fit a similar profile: Talented men and women who had left business degrees and successful careers to pursue a career in acting. What is more, all of these people were participating in a production expressly geared toward giving jobs to persons struggling to get by.

These two facts combined absolutely blew me away. I mean, I am no stranger to the so-called starving artist motif, but I still couldn’t help but ask: What leads good, God-fearing people to take such a profound leap of faith?

1. There is No Yellow Brick Road

Now, I am not bashing on young hopefuls. Lord knows, I am one! Still, the question remains.

Now, you may be an aspiring actor, writer, model, artists, etc.. Let me promise you: your dream is not a stupid, nor ill-conceived. But it also not an easy one to see become a reality. There is a reason there why pawn shops litter the streets of Nashville: Musicians come, musicians go. Even the good and talented may leave with only a handful of dollars and a smattering of stories to tell the folks back home.

They say work hard. You should definitely do that. But you also have to think sensibly.

There will be times when “the Devil” will come knocking at your door. Landlords will be asking for rent; family will be asking for time; friends will want to go out for a night on the town. How will you respond?

With prayer, yes. With wisdom, yes. But also with compassion and humility. These are the people supporting you as  you pursue your flights of fancy. Be appreciative. Give them the time and resources they need. When you do that, no matter what happens, you will at least have them when the dust settles.

(Even if you break the mold and rise to greatness, having people there that you can trust and who will call you out on your stuff is an invaluable asset to have!)

2. But There is an Oz

If you think you are up to the challenge, go ahead, bite the bullet, chase your dreams. Fight long, fight hard, and all the while: look out for the signs. The signs to push forward, the signs to pull back. In poker terms, there is a time to bet, to bluff, to fold, and to go all in. Only time and talent will tell the difference.

Whether you end up in a small town or a big city, I wish you all the best. You are priceless; you are handsome/beautiful; you will see victory in the eyes of God.

Blessings to you in Christ,