Last year I accepted a gig to emcee a private party. Although I love to emcee events (because I basically get paid to blab my mouth and be entertaining on a stage), I wasn’t happy about this particular event because it paid only 50% of my normal rate. Plus, it was in Orange County, one county over from Los Angeles, which meant that my drive would be longer than usual. I only took the gig because I needed the extra cash.
En route to the event, I fumed over the low pay and the long drive. As I complained, I felt God say that I shouldn’t see the gig as an opportunity for me to do “my thing” on the microphone, but rather as an opportunity to love the event hosts and guests.
@@God showed me that my job as an entertainer isn’t just to entertain, but to love.@@
I repented from this warped state of mind and decided that I would love my clients and their guests by doing my best job, with the best attitude possible.
I’m glad that I made this decision because technical difficulties meant that I couldn’t use the sound system at times and had to command the attention of one hundred people while outdoors, without a microphone. It was challenging, but I did it. Then, the clients added to my duties, which I accepted happily. When my four-hour contract expired, I was having such a great time that I stayed longer, without requesting overtime.
This experience transformed how I am to integrate my work in entertainment and my faith.
Today when I accept a gig, I remind myself that what I am to give—more than my talent—is love.
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