Actress, filmmaker and author Shari Rigby released her latest book, Consider the Lilies, during the global COVID-19 pandemic and says it’s good timing because her book is designed to help people discover their purpose in God, apart from all the titles associated with what they do.
The “October Baby” actress is dispelling the myth that one is defined by what one does in Consider the Lilies: Get Rooted In Your Destiny By Discovering God’s Plan. Rigby vulnerably shares her own journey of moving to Hollywood to pursue her own dreams until God showed her that He wanted her to embrace His plan for her life. Part of that plan included starring in the Christian hit film “Overcomer” as a lead, some directing, starting a ministry called The Women in My World, and mentoring countless women in the entertainment industry.
The following transcript is The Christian Post’s interview with Rigby, in which the actress talks about the pressures of finding purpose in the world and provides insight on how to get clarity by aligning oneself with God’s plan.
Christian Post: This generation is constantly trying to find their purpose and Christians always talk about finding their purpose in God. That’s a topic you tackle in your new book. Can you talk to us about that?
Rigby: Purpose is such a big thing for all of us, right? I think especially for believers, and nonbelievers actually. But really when you come into your faith, and all of a sudden you really are slammed with these different words that come at you – purpose, calling, talents, giftings. And you’re trying to digest it as a baby Christian, and even very mature Christians, they’re still trying to tackle these words. I think one thing for me, this journey really started when I rededicated my life to Christ when I was 25. I was in that same position, I was tackling these words. Every time I turned around, somebody had these words kind of mashed together and I was trying to figure out how to decipher what this looked like and what I found myself doing and kind of what we lean on in this book is the toiling and spinning aspect, that people kept using purpose in alignment with titles. If I was a mother or a wife, or whether I was working at the coffee shop at the church, or whatever I was tied into, or the job, or the career for some reason, somehow that became the way that purpose was addressed.
What I was finding was the more and more that I dove in and studied it, the more and more I realized that really wasn’t truth. We’ve been sold a narrative that our purpose is attached to whatever it is that we’re doing in life. It’s the bill of sale we have been sold. So here we are, day in and day out, trying to go, “Oh, wait a minute, I didn’t get that job. I’ve lost my purpose. My kid just went off to college. Oh my gosh, what am I going to do with my life? My purpose is [gone].” Those are seasonal changes.
When I really started to find clarity in it was when I came to Hollywood, and God called me into it, really working with women, with the women in my world. All of a sudden He started to just download into me, “You need to study this, you need to understand because if you don’t understand who you are and whose you are and your purpose is me, as in your Lord and Savior, period, you’re going to get lost each and every day.” So the way that this book finally came into existence was men and women, but women for this at this particular time, they need to know that their purpose is first and foremost Jesus Christ. We were purposely crafted and created for the King of kings. So everything else stems from there so they can’t lose their purpose. It is Jesus.
CP: Coming into Hollywood as a Christian is no easy feat. How is it navigating not getting caught in that world? You’re also mentoring women in this field of the entertainment industry; how is it helping them understand?
Rigby: We do get lost in it really quickly. Especially in today’s culture, you pick up your phone and you’re looking at social media and all of a sudden you’re doing this comparison, despairing type of feeling because there’s this constant reflection of, ‘Do I have enough followers? Do I have that picture-perfect looking life? Am I filtered enough?’ So not only are we now dealing with that one on one individually, but it’s in our face 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One thing that I really felt like when I came here to Hollywood was, God was really putting me in a position of preparing my heart and that really was coming to this reality check that, at first I came here going, “Oh, my gosh, I’m going to be a huge movie star. It’s all about movies, I’m going to be a movie star, I’m going to have massive success.” I had this whole vision of what it was going to look like. All of a sudden God was like, “No, you’re here for my women. Like get it in your head, I’m a God of relationship. Go back to your Bible and start looking at when I give my disciples their instructions. I didn’t tell them to go out and get famous and get rich and do those things. I told them to go out and serve my people and tell them that the kingdom is at hand.”
That was a point in time where not only was I hoping to pour into women, but they were also pouring into me. So we started to really go through the study of identity and whose we are and who God is and who He says He is and the promises of Him and identifying with how we are built. As we started to do all that, that’s really, what made me have the ability to stand on my own two feet to go into these auditions where people say, “You’re not this, you’re not that.” And I could start to identify and say, “Oh, no, you see, I’ve been in my word, and I know that God doesn’t say that about me because actually He called me here and put me on holy ground. So when I come into this audition, I’ve already been appointed to be part of this process.”
CP: In a generation of entrepreneurs who always try to make things happen instead of allowing God to make things happen for them, can you share how your book kind of addresses that?
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law