In the movie “Glory Road”, Bobby Joe Hill is explaining to his basketball coach why he wants to leave the team. ” Ever since I was a kid I’ve only loved one thing. That was playing ball. Do you understand what that’s like, having that ball in your hand? It’s like, it’s like making sweet music with your game; only thing is you don’t wanna hear the song.”
Coach Don Haskins of Texas Western College listens to his players and moves away from his strict control of their play. He let’s them play their game. The Miners become the first NCAA champion featuring black players.
Dan Miller, author of the book “48 Days to the Work You Love”, likes to ask his readers, “Is your music still in you?” Dan knows like Bobby Joe Hill that each of us have music to play. It’s just that many of us never take or get, the chance to use our God-given talents or fulfill our passions. As a result, we become extremely frustrating because we feel stifled and unable to reach our full potential.
In the movie, “The Patsy”, Jerry Lewis plays the character from which the film derives its name. He is a clumsy bellhop named Stanley who is offered the chance to become a star by a group of Hollywood types who have lost their original star due to death. In losing this star, they also lose their meal tickets.
Since they figure that they made the first fellow a star, they believe they can turn Stanley into a sensation. To some degree they succeed, but when Stanley gets a contract to appear on the 1960s hit TV variety “The Ed Sullivan Show”, they panic and fly the coop. They desert Stanley. These producers believe Stanley is a well-meaning nincumpoop destined to make a fool of himself, and them, on the show.
Free of his handlers, Stanley gives the performance of a lifetime. He does a one-man skit, executing it his way. Stanley is a big hit. When he meets his former handlers again, he has been transformed. He is full of self confidence and authority.
Being ourselves may involve great sacrifice. Loved ones and friends may not understand when we pursue our dreams. In the hit medical drama “House” the curmudgeonly, but brilliant, doctor on whom the show centers has alientated so many of his team members that he has no staff left. They are either leaving or already gone on to other things.
Dr. House seeks their medical opinions on a case anyway, wherever they are. One doctor is at home, another at his new practice. Two are married to each other and preparing to leave. But for some reason they just can’t resist the temptation to help House solve his case. Working with the best doctor around and solving cases gives them a thrill they can’t get anywhere else. And House knows it, which is why he is pursuing them. He is wooing his staff members back by singing their song.
In the end, most of them return to House’s team. But coming back to the jobs they love costs these doctors dearly. The married doctors on the team split up, one believing House has brainwashed the other. Another doctor also has problems in his marriage because his wife thinks he is unmanly, unwilling to stand up to House.
I am not saying one should choose their jobs over their spouses. But the case of the House doctors illustrates the truth that meaningful work makes people tick.
I have determined that what stirs my drink is writing. That’s why I spend time writing this blog. I also am developing a devotional on a sister blog because, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe I might have something to offer my fellow believers by writing it.
I am finally singing my song.