Growing up in a Christian school in Indiana was truly one of the greatest things to ever happen to me. Looking back, I know that having that as part of my upbringing – from Pre-K all the way through my senior year – embedded the Lord and His word into my heart, and eventually led me back to Him. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is older, he will not depart from it.” Nothing could be more true than that verse from Proverbs in my own life. I didn’t always follow His path, but somehow I knew that I was always anchored in Him, and He never let me go out as far as I demanded. Thankfully.
While interviewing Pastor Bob Yawberg for an upcoming, yet-to-be-announced movie project, we got onto the subject of Christians in the entertainment industry. I was interested to hear his take on a story I had lived during my teen years that had a profound impact on my struggle to rectify my career with my faith. It’s fascinating even now as I look back at this one incident – which was nothing more at its outset than a 5 minute conversation – and see how much it affected me in the ensuing years.
I carried a lot of anger and resentment towards the church and Christianity through the years, particularly after gaining success with my first film, that drove me away from the church even further. Fortunately, the Lord is patient with me and has more grace than I can imagine. I am grateful for his grace most of all.
Please take 7 minutes and listen to this excerpt of Bob and I’s conversation. His counsel to me is worth its weight in gold.