“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them… See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” -Ephesians 5:11, 15-16
Sean Marin returns to these verses often to guide him in making films. His passion for using story to share his faith with others began in a very special way. Sean shares his story:
I can still remember the moment and feeling when I realized the power of stories. It was a star-covered night on the coast of Australia. I was in full-time missions at the time, and had just finished editing some short videos of skateboarders sharing their faith. That night in the backyard I knelt down to my knees on the hard cobblestone patio, the grass next to me wet from the ocean air. I prayed — begged God to show me the value of “making movies”, and decided I would commit the next decade of my life to this craft. Then: BAM! It hit me right there: All the parables… these were all stories that Jesus shared to communicate heavenly things and the gospel. Today our “parables” are movies, music videos, music, images of all sorts. The question to me was “how are we using these parables, and what message and story are we telling?”
Sean’s testimony offers us all inspiration as it reminds us that each of our lives is a story that sends a message to the world. And the question we should ask is: What is the message our lives tell? Are we walking in wisdom, redeeming the time? Let’s live stories that reflect the power of the gospel in our own lives.
Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com