“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle
The Doors of Le Marais in Paris
I think this is the story of my life honestly.
Creating doors where there are none.
This thought process is exactly what got me blogging, youtubing, creating my own work in general.
I figured if there wasn’t any opportunity around then I would have to make it happen. For me it’s acting. The market that I’m in is not as saturated as L.A. , Chicago or N.Y. Even though there isn’t a lot going on here in I think there is a growing independent film community of actors, writers, producers that are trying to make it happen for themselves. So that is really encouraging.
I used to actually get annoyed by this quality in myself. I know, I know…most people don’t annoy themselves. But believe me I thought it was a curse for a long time. This need to constantly create or express myself. I even think that if I lived in a place full of opportunities I would be COMPELLED to make my own way…because it would be MY OWN WAY. And all the while I would be doubting myself. It’s a strange paradox really to be compelled to build doors and at the same time question yourself.
But over time I’ve slowly begun to accept and even like the fact that I have this quality. I’ve learned to accept that it’s not a curse. It’s the way that God made me. I put a lot of pressure on myself to “make it happen” but I am trying to balance the idea that God is the one that started this work in me and that He has to be the one to finish it.
Many times when you are among the first to build a door it’s hard, scary, and full of challenges. But for those that come behind you it gets easier and easier. And in the end you get to be a huge part of building that really nice house (business, philosophy, non-for-profit) that inspires people and communities for a long time.
Maybe you are trying to write a book, or create a website or start a business? Maybe you feel alone and unsure of what the next steps are. But it’s important to see the doors and steps that are right in front of you. I wish to God in heaven that I could see the whole picture before I started something. I wanted the reassurance that things would be successful before I started. But that’s just not how things work.
It doesn’t give opportunity to grow your faith and trust God.
Not knowing the end but starting when He nudges you to start is the beginning of a faith walk. So while you are building whatever it is that you are trying to make happen you are simultaneously building your faith. While your faith is being challenged and built I believe that He is shaping the character that you will need in order to continue to walk through more and more amazing doors in your life.
What are you building now that seems really hard? What have you found inspiring to help you make it happen? Why don’t you share that by linking up!