This is my article that was published today in the Natoma-Luray Independent of the Russell County News.
Everyone has a role
Last week, I went and saw the movie Madagascar 3. As is my custom, I stayed through the end of the credits, because as I have discovered with other movies, you never know what might be hiding at the end.
While there was nothing hidden at the end of the credits, I was struck by their unusual length. I fully expected to see a long list of animators and computer graphic people and story editors and voice overs, but what I did not expect to find was a section devoted to people who worked at Dreamworks, who otherwise had no involvement in the making of the movie, who were also credited for their roles. It is unusual that you see the accounting department listed, or the administration, or other parts of the company; that while essential to keeping the wheels moving, did not directly contribute to the movie.
Or did they?
The accounting department may not have done the voice for Alex the Lion and they may not have written the script or helped with animation, but they did get the bills paid; they did make the payroll; they did keep the studio operational while the movie was being made. So yes, they did contribute to the production of the movie, even if they had no say in the outcome. The same with other parts of the studio, they may not have contributed to the production directly, but they did keep things moving so that others could.
So yes, Steve from accounting was just as much a part of the making of the movie as Chris Rock and Ben Stiller were.
But this does not just apply to the making of a 90 minute animated movie. This goes on in schools and churches and places of business every day.
Not everyone who works at the school teaches classes, some prepare lists and forms that need to be sent into the state, others make sure that the lights are working properly, others support activities that take places throughout the year.
Not everyone who stands up in church gives the sermon, some may greet people, or usher, or acolyte or serve on committees that are just as necessary to services being conducted.
Not everyone gets to be the president of a business, but that does not mean that the employees, whether they are making a million dollars or minimum wage are any less important.
God has called people to serve in a whole host of vocations, some receiving more glory than others, some receiving their names in bright lights, and others names only showing up in the credits at the very end of a movie, and still other names not showing up at all. But these roles, no matter how great or how small, are all essential, and are all to be done to the glory of God.
God Bless! Pastor Michael Schmidt