“I want to be a producer!”
“What does a producer do?”
“The producer is the person responsible for the entire presentation, from organizing the funding, setting the budget, hiring the actors and crew, and the marketing.”
“Wow! And I thought you wanted to be an actor.”
“A producer has to know the roles of everyone, including the actor, director, writer, and stage crew. He takes all the risks but he gets all the rewards. He is at the top and decides everything. He is the production.”
I was in high school, engaged in an earnest discussion with my classmate. We were talking about college applications and career goals. His goal clearly distinguished him from the rest of us. Although I had seen the title of producer on movies and television show credits, I did not know the precise definition nor did I ever meet someone who wanted to pursue this as their career goal.
Flash forward to over forty years later. My friend is a well-known entrepreneur. His latest venture was CEO of a popular online shopping marketplace, selling it for millions of dollars. In all of the positions he has held, he is almost always the leader of the company. Although he has not produced a media or stage production, he has lived the role of a producer in all of his companies.
The desire to create and direct events, like a producer, is tempting. Some could use the term “playing God.” The Bible is replete with examples.
Daniel said, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.”
Daniel 2:20-22 (NASB)
When the prophet Daniel spoke these words, he was about to meet Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful ruler of the day. Daniel was not intimidated by a man who held the power of his life and much of the known word, in his hands. Daniel knew that all kings and all nations existed only by the will of God. Years later, when Nebuchadnezzar declared how great and magnificent he was to produce his kingdom, God humbled him, driving him insane and reducing him to live as an animal for seven years. Only when he came to his senses, did Nebuchadnezzar understand that nothing he had was by his own efforts. He finally acknowledged the true God, who produced everything.
What does a producer do?
Only God can correctly and truthfully answer this!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.