The Sick Girl and the Actress

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“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” From these words, our Lord is showing us what He expects of us, if we believe in Him. None of us are exempt, as is demonstrated in this following true story.

A young talented actress was passing along the street of a large city in the  USA. She happened to notice a pale, sick girl lying on a couch in the doorway  of a large beautiful home. She had a sudden urge to do something for her, and thought that just by stopping and speaking to her, that her cheerful bright presence would lift the sick girl’s spirits.

The sick girl was a devoted Christian, and it turned out, that their conversation had the reverse effect. The young actress could not help noticing the patience and submission of the girl to accept whatever God had provided for her. The expression on her face showed the beautiful actress that her faith in Christ was genuine.

This stirred the heart of the young actress very deeply, that she was led to give some careful thought to the claims of Christianity, and she too became a true follower of Christ. She eventually told her father, who was the leader of the theater troupe to which she belonged, of her conversion. She also told him of her desire to abandon the stage, stating that she could not live a consistent Christian life  and continue to be an actress. Her father was astonished beyond measure, and told his daughter that their living would be lost to them and their business ruined, if she persisted in her resolution.

She loved her father dearly, and hated the thought of disapointing him. She felt somewhat shaken in her purpose, and partially consented to finish the published engagement to be met in a few days. She was the star of the troupe, and a favourite with the public. Every preparation was made for the play in which she was to appear. The evening came and the father rejoiced that he had won back his daughter, and that their living was not to be lost. The hour arrived. A large audience had assembled. The curtain rose, and the young actress stepped forward amid the applause of the multitude. The applause gradually subsided while she stood their silently. She then began to recite the following words.

‘My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin I resign; My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou; If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.’ This was all she said. Through Christ she had conquered and, leaving the audience in tears, she retired from the stage, never to appear upon it again.

Through her influence her father was converted, and through their united evangelistic labors many were led to Christ. How does the reality of your faith stand the test of what you do with your life? As another hymn expresses it – “I am not ashamed to own my Lord, or to defend His cause.” How terribly sad it will be for many who have hidden behind the mask of “shyness”, who have failed to follow the examples of such people as the sick girl and the yourng actress. May we be among those who step forward to openly say, “My Jesus I love you.”