Chrysostom once wrote, “If you want to make your child rich, teach him this: He is truly rich who does not desire great possessions . . . and thinks lightly of this life’s passing glories.”
This truth was highlighted for me in a way I will never forget. Each month our Lamplighter Guild students have the opportunity to listen in on a conference call with a master teacher. One month, I interviewed celebrated European actor Peter Moreton. When I asked how a young person can become a great actor like himself, his reply took my breath away.
He said, “First, you need to give up all desires of becoming a great actor. You need to devote yourself to your craft, not to desires to become great. Then, when opportunities present themselves, your primary goal is to lift up the actors around you. Your job as an actor is to accentuate the character of others. They are to increase while you decrease. If I play a servant, for example, and I’m in the presence of a king, my role is to communicate to the audience the character of the king by my humble attitudes and actions. The king will be known through me.” (If you’d like to listen to the rest of this interview, you may do so
When I heard these words, I thought of Philippians 2: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him . . .”
If you’re looking for a new role to play, one that will make you eternally rich and presently rewarded, practice the art of serving those around you so that they might increase as you decrease. And, as it is in all good stories, you may be surprised when God unexpectedly changes your role from humble servant to royal knight of the King!
Want to hear more from Peter Moreton? Not only has he played multiple roles in several Lamplighter Theatre dramas, but he will also be imparting his masterful wisdom of his craft to the students at the Lamplighter Guild! Click here to learn more!