I wrote a screenplay called “What’s a Girl to Do?” When you read the back of the DVD at Blockbuster, it’ll say something like this:
A romantic comedy with purpose that answers the question, “What’s a girl to do until Mr. Right comes along?”
Janet Folger is a conservative activist who with humor, a little creativity and a lot of faith, makes her causes famous and her opponents furious. Dumped by her boyfriend for being “too controversial” and hounded by her publisher to write a book about dating, Janet throws herself into passing historic legislation, but stumbles into a romance with the son of her most outspoken political adversary whose sole objective is to kill Janet’s bill by any means possible.
Laugh with her as she endures disaster dates, fake friends and impossible hurdles to make a difference with her life. Forget formulas – this movie wasn’t written, it was LIVED! Provocative, groundbreaking, timely and hilarious.
When you’re sitting in the theaters watching it, you won’t even know that when Ted Baehr asked me to enter it in John Templeton Foundation’s “Kairos” contest, I lost. My script made the top 12 of several hundred scripts, but only three will get a prize at the Beverly Hills Hilton tonight and the real prize of being read by all the major Hollywood producers.
The bottom line is: I entered the contest and lost. So what’s a girl to do? I love the Charlie Peacock song “Cheer up Church,” with the line: “It’s just like God to choose the (apparent) loser (not the winner).” Just ask David. The pundits and odds-makers gave Goliath substantial odds in that match up, too.
Yeah, I was discouraged, but I’ve been told by God not to be without a verse that until recently was taped to my window:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
It’s not taped on my window any more because a few weeks ago I ripped it down and gave it to Gov. Mike Huckabee.
I read an article by Os Hillman, who said: “Whenever God is slow to answer our prayers, what we believe about God is revealed. Do we change our plans and move in a different direction when pressure mounts? Or do we continue in the path God has directed for us?”
Further, Hillman writes, “But if God has called you, then you can be sure He will make a way. He has already opened the way before you. But you must walk in faith, joined with Him to take the land.”
It seems impossible, but the whole theme of the movie is “With God ALL THINGS are possible.” And, well, I either believe it or I don’t. I had hoped that by placing first to third (or even an honorable mention), the work would be done by now, but I believe God wants to show me He can do it with me losing the contest. So I’m still trusting, still walking and praying God orders my steps tonight to meet the producer who wants to produce a romantic comedy with the backdrop of the passage of the nation’s first ban on partial-birth abortion and the tons of free publicity that comes with the controversy of a movie about the most critical issue of our time.
Controversy seemed to work for “The Passion,” right?
My faith is no longer in “the contest,” but in the God who orders our steps and intervenes with the power of the Holy Spirit. He’s the same God who works through the people going to the polls today in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Forget the math; go with the miracle – and vote for the only candidate who supports both a Human Life Amendment and the Marriage Protection Amendment, who won’t fund medical experimentation on human embryos as John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama will do.
Keep trusting, keep working. Do what’s right, and leave the results to the God of the Universe.
I think a lot of people are going to be surprised at the inauguration of President Huckabee. Miracles happen.
At the gala tonight I’ll be wearing the gown I wore to President Bush’s inaugural ball. He wasn’t supposed to win either.
See you at the movies.
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