Set Back; Stepping Forward

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Sam Worthington is the young star of Avatar. He’s now in a string of blockbuster films—with more to come. But what interests me about Sam’s career is his early flop.

As a young man, Sam failed at a prestigious dramatic academy. Frustrated, his father sent him on a one-way trip, telling him to “work his way home.” A few years later, while doing construction, Sam earned a second chance at another acting school. And film success followed.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Our setbacks are often of our own making. But Sam Worthington reminds us that the only guarantee of permanent failure is when we cease to the high calling of our daily work.

"We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found." So the party began.

Luke 15:23-24

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