‘Lights, camera, action!’ We have become accustomed to these three words, not because of an in-depth knowledge of the film making industry, but because of the film making industry’s depiction of itself at the cinema. In other words, we got them from the movies (smile). We can assume with great certainty that these words would probably be stated after the script had been learned by the actors. They would signal that it is time to ‘get to it!’ Though the film-making process can’t be presented as an authoritative guide to life, is there anything that the Christian can learn from this?
During my High School years, I had a big problem. I had a hard time deciding on what I wanted to do with my life. I finally came to the point where I realized that I was interested in History, but reasoned that it didn’t make sense to pursue a History degree because the probabilities of finding a good paying job were not high. So, I went to study Information Systems Management at York College. This wasn’t a horrible move except for the fact that I just picked it because a role-model of mines studied in that field. Instead of studying, I was dreaming of what the position would be like. I never really got down to the work that I needed to do in order to be the person I was dreaming to be. That was the mistake.
God has counsel concerning this. The NIV rendering of Proverbs 14.23 says “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Beautiful, isn’t it? The Proverb compares two different results by the processes that lead to them. These two are poverty [Heb. machsor— need, thing needed, lack, want] and profit [Heb. mowthar— pre-eminence, abundance, superiority]. To bring it closer to home, it is the difference between having more than you need and less than you need. Having more than you need isn’t always a good thing, but the word rendered here is in a positive sense, while the opposite reflects the negative.
The problem is not the ‘talk’ but whether there is any ‘action’ (or work) after the talk. We can talk and plan, but if no action is never taken we can’t expect anything profitable to materialize other than new ideas. If the Christian wants to succeed, action must follow. They must realize that sometimes the labor [Heb. etseb] that they undertake can involve pain, hurt, toil, sorrow, and hardship. This shouldn’t cause us to fear but rather trust in the word of God which guarantees us abundance in our actions.