Hebrews 12:1-2

"..let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." - Hebrews 12:1-2

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

July 18 was a big day for me. Not only was this the day that I received a job offer, but this was also the day that I accepted the role of "Jesus Christ" in the "Isle of Dreams". I have been playing "John the Baptist" for almost a year and a half and was in the role of "Noah" prior to that. In all, I will have been a part of this ministry for four years this November. Throughout my journey with the cast, I have seen God move in some amazing ways. I have seen how He has used them to mold me into a more solid Christian and have seen how God has used Michael O'Hara to "stretch" me vocally. "Stretch" is such a large understatement. I have gone from a soft-spoken, wispy, timid, airy vocalist to an all-out, wide-mouthed, unashamed, sweaty, blow-hard singer.

It's been amazing to see how God has grown me through the process. I started as "Noah" - the one who proclaimed the impending judgment and pointed the way to saving the world. Then I became "John the Baptist" - the one who proclaimed the impending judgment and pointed the way to saving the world. Now I have stepped into the role of "Jesus Christ" - THE ONE who has provided the way to save the world. The progression from Old to New Testament to today is not lost on me.

These men were bold men of character and were very vocal about the message that God the father sent to them. Two of them faltered from time to time, but remained faithful to the calling of God in their lives. Jesus Christ, Son of God, never wavered in His Faith and determination to do the Will of the Father. He stayed faithful, even to the death on the cross. He lingered on this earth after His resurrection for 40 days to further strengthen, teach and fortify His disciples. Then He sent the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide those who would believe on His Name.

My responsibility as a member of the "Isle of Dreams" ministry has always been to live a life of Holiness and live in such a way to bring glory and praise to God. We are all called to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord and we must always remain humble. We recognize that God has allowed us to take part in this ministry and that participating in this move requires us to live circumspect before Him.

My responsibility as a vocalist is to practice and strengthen my voice, so I may use it to bring praise, honor and glory to God at every opportunity. My responsibility as an actor is to study the character I am portraying and attempt to bring to life the many different aspects of that person in a way that is a real as possible, without ever compromising or conflicting their story as recorded in the Bible.

My responsibility to God upon taking the role of His Son, Jesus Christ, is to remain humble and realize that God is worthy of all praise and that I am worthy of nothing. I have done nothing in and of myself to ever warrant even playing the role of Christ - it is all the result of God's blessing and Grace toward me. He has allowed me to remain humble and He has provided the motivation to remain faithful in this ministry. He has allowed me to grow vocally to the point where I can attempt to sing the songs necessary for the role. He granted me favor in allowing to remain in my previous roles for the time that He had determined and He has blessed me with being able to simply be in the cast of the "Isle of Dreams".

It is with great humility and reverence that I take on portraying the role of "Jesus Christ". May God continue to bless the "Isle of Dreams" ministry, as we continue to spread His message of Salvation, Redemption and Love to everyone we come into contact with. May He be pleased with what He sees and hears.

To God be the glory great things He has done!

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