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Chapter 49: Part 2 - Life Lessons from the NarroWay Stage

director on stage

REBECCA –
If aptly applied, these final five of the top ten corrections made on the NarroWay stage might transform your life.
Rehearsal Principle 6: “COME PREPARED!”

BIRDIE –
The Bible says “how can you prepare for what you don’t know is going to happen?” (Ecclesiastes 8:7) That’s not what this NarroWay correction is about.

REBECCA –
This correction is used when a cast member knows we have a rehearsal, knows he has lines, received his blocking, was given a costume, was sent a practice track and still comes in clueless.

BIRDIE –
We aren’t talking about someone who tries and messes up. We’re talking about someone who doesn’t try.

 

REBECCA –
Life Lesson Six: Prepare!

angel fighting demons

BIRDIE –
The Bible tells the story of ten girls, waiting for the bridegroom to appear. Half did not prepare and they ran out of oil for their lamps, and missed the groom (Matthew 25: 1-13).

REBECCA –
There are consequences for not being prepared. You can miss many opportunities, some you won’t even know about.

BIRDIE –
You feel foolish and appear lazy.

REBECCA –
It wastes everybody’s time.

BIRDIE –
In fact, preparation will make the difference in the kind of job you get and the way people perceive you.

REBECCA –
Preparation can make the difference between life and death and it certainly makes all the difference in where you spend eternity. So, although you don’t know the future, for what you DO know is coming - PREPARE!

BIRDIE –
Rehearsal Principle 7: “EXCUSES DON’T MATTER!”

soldiers talking

We all want to blame some one or some thing.

REBECCA –
I blame that on Adam!
God said, “Adam, did you eat the fruit?” Adam replied, “The woman whom YOU gave to me gave it to me!”

Double whamy. First, “It’s the woman!” And, just in case that didn’t work, “God, you’re the one who put her here in the first place!”

BIRDIE –
From “Someone took my costume” to “I didn’t hear the cue” to “I’ve never done it like that before” – we’ve heard all the excuses when it comes to human-generated stage disasters.

REBECCA –
At NarroWay, prior to every show, I make corrections and most individuals want to explain WHY they made a mistake. But I don’t have time, before a performance, to listen to excuses. I just need it fixed!

BIRDIE –
The cold hard fact is this: good or bad, unless you’re in a court of law, excuses don’t much matter. It’s not like you can stop a show and say, “Let me explain what just happened here.” The show must go on!

REBECCA –
Life Lesson Seven: Excuses dis-empower.

BIRDIE –
Think of all the things we blame: finances, spouse, children, parents, friends, boss, weight, appearance, age, intelligence, health, disabilities, time constraints, bad experiences, the dog!

basset hound

REBECCA –
I can’t because I’m not smart.
I can’t because I’ve made bad choices.
I can’t because I’m too old.
I can’t because I’m not educated.
I can’t because this or that happened.

All of these may be excellent excuses. Honestly, who am I to determine the legitimacy of someone’s excuse? But, when an excuse turns into a blaming mechanism, it strips us of the authority and power to overcome our circumstances.

BIRDIE –
The Bible says that a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him (2 Peter 2:19b). That might mean a bad habit, a character flaw, a mindset, an old wound - only you know.

REBECCA –
A few years ago, one of the most exceptional people at NarroWay came to me after being cast into a leading role. She insisted that she couldn’t do it. I was stunned and asked her why.
Humiliated, she whispered: “I don’t know if you know this or not, but I’m ...slow.”
Then she began to cry.

“Who told you that?!!”

BIRDIE –
As a child, a parent compared her to her siblings and she was the one who came up wanting. For years, that was her excuse for not excelling. That stigma mastered her.

REBECCA –
...By the way, she was excellent in the part.
Good or bad, whatever the excuse – COMPENSATE! CONQUER! OVERCOME!

BIRDIE –
Rehearsal Principle 8: “WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, MOVE ON!”

boy flying

REBECCA –
There’s nothing quite like making a fool of yourself with an audience watching. No amount of stage combat compares to the beating up of one’s self after an embarrassing blunder.

BIRDIE –
But many times an audience doesn’t realize or care if only the actor continues on as if nothing happened.

REBECCA –
Life Lesson Eight: So you made a mistake – now move on!

BIRDIE –
Alexander Pope’s words: “To err is human; to forgive, divine.”

REBECCA –
Did you expect to go through life and not make mistakes? Sure, some are more costly than others but once it’s done, it’s done!

BIRDIE –
Own it! Repent of it!

REBECCA –
Learn from it! If you can, fix it!

BIRDIE –
If you can’t fix it, then own it, repent of it, learn from it and MOVE ON!

REBECCA –
You CANNOT change the fact that a mistake happened but you might be able to change the repercussions.

BIRDIE –
Rehearsal Principle 9: PLANT YOUR FEET!

lion character

REBECCA –
All of us have had teachers who pace! Ohhhh, a student might get motion sickness from some lectures!
STRONG statements are made when the speaker plants his or her feet!

BIRDIE –
Life Lesson Nine: Stand firm in your faith!

REBECCA –
1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore my dear brothers and sisters, STAND FIRM. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

BIRDIE –
Don’t say one thing and do another. Don’t respond to every notion that crosses your mind or every urge you feel.

REBECCA –
Don’t follow every fad that seems popular.

BIRDIE –
Rehearsal Principle 10: WATCH THE CONDUCTOR!

music conductor

It is difficult to train the cast, especially the children, to watch me during a song. Their eyes dart from lights, to audience, to their friends or mom. There’s so much to see.

REBECCA –
But we implore them: You MUST watch, especially on entrances, cut-offs and randomly throughout the song.

BIRDIE –
Don’t trust what you hear or think – WATCH THE DIRECTOR!

angel child watching

REBECCA –
Life Lesson Ten: Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)

BIRDIE –
Often I hear someone give this advice to another: “Trust your heart.”
But the Bible tells me to GUARD my heart, not trust it!

REBECCA –
On this stage called Life, Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our Song.

BIRDIE –
WATCH HIM!!

Jesus

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