He got two scenes! Can you imagine getting a walk on part in a movie and ending up in TWO different scenes? That's a double bonus. As a movie buff and closet thespian, I wanted to know more. Did he know someone? Was he that good in the first scene?
We were talking about the movie, Marshall, which depicts a pivotal period in the life of the late Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. Rebecca knew I'd be interested. She said, "It is a great movie. My friend's father is in it and he plays a man in a synagogue."
I thought about it. It was a nondescript part but it gave him 30 seconds in the limelight. My daughter went on, "Dad, you could have played that part." She was right. I could have done that. Yet whenever I've had an opportunity, I've always stopped short of going for it.
The same was true with mission work. I've always looked at our missionaries as heroes of the faith. They put their beliefs on the line. They serve God wherever there is a need. Yet, the idea of ever heading out to do mission work has caused me to pause. Who am I?
I never thought I had what it took. What difference could I make? I confess that for nearly 20 years I just put it out of my mind. Then in 2006 it all changed. A good friend encouraged me to join him. That's when I went on my first short-term mission trip.
I've been on a dozen of these mission encounters since then and I'm looking forward to the next one in April 2018. A bunch of us, from several different churches in the area, will be heading to Houston. Our goal is to help the folks rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.
I know we will be playing a small role. The job is enormous. Yet it is going to take lots of "extras,' people like you and me, to wrap up the job in Texas and in places like Florida and Puerto Rico. Let me know if you want to come along. There is room for a few more.
Can't get away? Don't let that be your excuse. There is plenty of work to be done right here. Volunteer for Habitat. Cook up a meal for WARM. Join them at St. Vincent DePaul or Neighbors Helping Neighbors. You may think it is a bit part, but to God and the people you help, you may end up being a star in an otherwise dark night. Don't wait. Just do it!
God bless! See you in church.
The Rev. Cal Lord is pastor of Central Baptist Church of Westerly.