Serve One Another in Love

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For the last two weeks at we’ve featured the stories and testimonies of Christians in the entertainment industry.  We’re concluding the series today with our friend Jon Lee’s thoughts on the meaning of true leadership and how we can all make a difference.

A pastor once said to me that Southern California has a disproportionate influence over the rest of this nation and the rest of the world. And I came to Hollywood to change the world and to get one message across from Galatians 5:13, “serve one another in love.”

I currently am a Producer / Development Executive for an independent production company and my path to this position has been a long learning process of working hard and really trying to better those around me, or as I like to call it, servant leadership. Through my work with cast & crews and the work that I will hopefully have on-screen, I want to spread this idea of servant leadership, of serving one another in love, to the world. 

Imagine a society where everyone lived to serve each other, and everyone served you in return, which would only make you want to serve everyone else more. Wouldn’t the possibilities be endless for the things everyone could achieve? There would be no space for jealousy or selfishness in an environment of unity, only encouragement and ideas designed to maximize one’s potential.

Unfortunately, the model doesn’t really exist in Hollywood (or most of the real world) because many people, including myself, can find ourselves to be self-seeking.

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So how do we change? Most of us are limited to a only few close people that we would bother to serve in love, but don’t let that discourage you. We can serve each other in close quarters, one by one, hoping that as we impact a friend, family member, or stranger, and that they will go on to impact another. Maybe after long enough, we can reach a tipping point, and our goal will be met. And that’s why I chose to work in the arts & entertainment industry. Mass media has a way of influencing society unlike any other profession, and I hope this is how I can do my part.

But the thing I want you to take away from this message, and in fact from all of the fantastic guest entries this past week here on, is that you don’t have to be in Arts & Entertainment to make a difference or to have influence. Be a servant leader, in your homes, in your schools, in your communities. If we all as Christians serve with love, change will happen. It all begins within your heart through a breaking that comes from the realization of His sacrifice. That transformation will change your life, your perspective, the way you talk and walk and think— and it can change the world.   

Let’s start by serving each other in love. Let’s start now.

Jon was an Associate Producer for the film “Formosa Betrayed” – you can watch the trailer here: