I get a lot of requests to read scripts, to take pitch meetings, to folks asking for career advice. I’m a “connector” and it’s apparently part of my DNA. But when it comes to helping people, there’s always one response that stops me in my tracks:
“God told me to do it.”
It comes in the form of “God gave me this screenplay, so I won’t change a word.” Or “God told me you should produce my movie.” Or “God showed me that this will be the biggest project of all time.” I don’t doubt that you feel very strongly that your project, movie, event, or whatever was inspired by God. I’m cool with that, and thrilled for you. But the minute you bring up the “God told me” card, then I can’t help you anymore.
Why? Because it can’t be a bad idea if God told you to do it, right? It can’t be poorly written if God gave it to you word for word. It can’t be a really lame idea if God dropped it on you.
But the truth is, very often, it IS a bad idea. It IS poorly written. And it IS a really lame idea.
Here’s my recommendation: No matter how you feel about it being a God idea, or a seed that God dropped in your lap, take the humble approach. Be open to advice. Look for good counsel. Consider making changes. Learn how to do it right.
Most of all, get the education, experience, and talent to make it well. When God called Solomon to build his temple, he searched for the most talented artists and craftsman in the land. He wasn’t content with good-hearted losers.
The Bible is filled with examples of “God ideas” that were adjusted for circumstances and situations. He gives us enormous latitude in helping His plan come to fruition. Maybe your “God idea” could use some of the same adjustments to make it a reality…