I’d been trying “forever” to make movies, believing it was something God had called me to do. But I simply didn’t have the funds. So five years ago this month I got a bunch of talented volunteers together to shoot a commercial for Doritos’ million dollar prize-paying “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, knowing a win would finance my film projects. Around the same time, I auditioned for the lead role in a feature film entitled, very appropriately, Promises to Keep, a story about a middle-aged man’s second chance in life, but was cast in a small supporting role, instead.
Within two weeks, our little Doritos ad had shot to first place and was being watched by thousands of people every day. And Promises to Keep had suddenly been re-cast–with me in the lead role! Astounded at all that was happening, I posted this on my Facebook page:
“My Amazing Month: After many disappointments, I’m suddenly having this amazing month. But that’s not what I’m thankful for. My Doritos ad might fall into the Abyss of Could-Have-Been, and my feature film might languish in indie purgatory, and then what would I have? Answer: Two wonderful experiences and many new friendships. Plus a wife and children who loved me before My Amazing Month, who will love me when it’s over and The Bad Months return, as bad months do. And a God who loved me from the moment He thought me up, and who always will. So, come to think of it, long before My Amazing Month, my life was full of amazing things and amazing people. And that is what I’m truly thankful for!”
We didn’t win the million dollars, and Promises to Keep still hasn’t been released (stay tuned). But memorizing all of those lines inspired me to begin memorizing Scripture, and that has changed my life. It also led to a spirited conversation with P2K’s producer who, as a result, hired me to write and direct two feature films, Over-the-Rhine (slated for release) in 2019, and Notzilla, currently in post-production!
What’s next? I don’t know. But I do know this: God always keeps his promises. And he always will.
God is faithful.