Been off line for a day now (not by choice!!!), but I have to relay this neat juxtaposition.
Director Jules Dassin who died this past week. He made some very influential films many years ago like “Never on Sunday” and worked with top actors like Joan Crawford, Burt Lancaster and Richard Burton. He made his last film in 1980, and was disappointed with the box office results that he made a decision: he’d never make another film again.
When I heard the story I thought how sad. Who knows what else he could have produced? Who knows what else he could have done? 28 more years of life, and he chose not to use his primary gifting because of his disappointment with the results of his last film. His demons caught up with him, and it kind of sounds like he stopped living long before he died. He spent the last 14 years returning a statue to Greece.
I heard this on Monday, the same day I spent the morning with Chris Vacher, who works on staff at Orangeville Baptist Church. Chris is probably one of the brightest church leaders in Canada I’ve met in a while. Optimistic, plenty of vision, gifted, intelligent, strategic, connected and full of passion for what God has called him to do, he completely energized me. I love leaders who dig into vision and run with it.
We all have God given talent. It runs in different directions, but we all have it. Life can suck the passion out of our talent, and a small defeat can turn into a huge obstacle in our minds. Sad about the director. Pumped about Chris. We can’t let life grind our gifts into the ground. Leaders like Chris remind me to keep living every second for what imagines it to be.
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