What Steven Spielberg Needs

Steven Spielberg is a master at his craft—an absolute master! His movies, Jaws, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, E.T., Schindler’s List, and Munich, just to name a few, have generated in excess of $8.5 billion worldwide. He is one of the best in his profession, but where would he be without his second assistant director, or his negative cutter, or his sound editor, or a host of other people who play “second fiddle.” Consider Schindler’s List. Over 150 million people have seen the film. More importantly, it has educated a generation on the atrocities of the Holocaust, but Spielberg couldn’t have made the movie alone. Rent the film some night just to watch the credits roll. Over 340 men and women pulled together to create this film. Writers, cast, producers, composers, a cinematographer, film editors, art directors, set directors, production managers, makeup artists, sound technicians, special and visual effects personnel, and a monster crew that includes a barber, a baker, and costume makers.

Spielberg can call, “Lights, camera, action,” but remove all the “seconds” and he might as well be shooting 8mm films as he did as a boy. Steven Spielberg needs what we all need—people working with us. This is a message that is clear throughout the Scriptures.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ESV)

The lesson is simple: Steven Spielberg can’t do it alone—none of us can! We all need others working with us. No one can be a first without others sitting in the second chair.

FOCAL POINT: Why not take five minutes and list your “supporting cast.”  Take time to thank God for them and then go one step beyond that. Choose two, give them a call, and thank them for their contribution to your life.

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