The Stage, Your Choice

Aderonke Awonusi
3 min readApr 4, 2023
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Susie rushed into the gates of "The Olympics" productions company. She had received a message that week, that she was successful with an auditions she did a few weeks back. Her dreams of acting on a big stage is finally coming through.

However, her joy was soon dampened when she was offered the role of a young lady whose husband died barely a week after their wedding. She wanted to be an actress no doubt, but she wasn't prepared yet for the diverse roles she needed to master. Not withstanding, she did a great job and was soon signed up for more roles. Fast forward, two years after her acting career started, Susie still found herself been casted only for roles she never really liked.

Yes, it is good to be a versatile actress, but Susie could not understand why she was only offered roles that portrayed negativity? It is either she is been offered the role of a widow, a depressed drug addict, a rape victim, a dying woman or someone disillusioned”

Although, Susie knew that these difficult roles fetched her more pay, but she was tired of been in such roles. She just wanted to be happy on stage! Then one day she quit her job and applied to another production company. As soon as she got past the auditions, she was upfront in stating her terms of not wanting to act negative roles all the time. She felt she needed to be able to choose and not have these roles by default. There was a price to pay for her decision, but she was ready for the consequences.

Susie just wanted to be happy on stage!

Just like Susie, we too can in reality be faced with the choice of acting on two types of stages.

- The "Pity Party" stage
- The "Happy” stage

While the director of the pity party stage is Satan, God is always ready to bring us to a stage that constantly brings us joy. We however have a choice to make. While some people are comfortable staying in a place where people constantly sympathise with them, others understand the scriptures in Ecclesiastes which says “There is a time to mourn and a time to dance”

We need to, at some point, move from a place of being a victim to a victor. A place of been led, to leading others to great places. A place of been fed, to feeding others. A place of borrowing, to lending to others.

On whose stage would you like to act? What roles bring you joy?

We too can choose!

"No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us’ Philip 3: 13–14, NIV

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Aderonke Awonusi

Godlover, Unashamed of the Gospel of Christ. HR Pro & Writer. I am passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through Storytelling..