So I got the call. My booker asked if I would be willing to shoot for one of America’s largest jewelers…Kay Jewels. What a lovely honor. Wearing beautiful–and very expensive jewelry–for their in-store posters, and getting paid well to do it. Oh, except that little tag-line they use: “Every kiss begins with ‘Kay’….” Yes, it would mean that for these luxurious shots, I would be mouth to mouth with a male model. Um, no thanks.
“But it’s just acting”, another model quipped. No. It’s kissing. Acting is when I pretend to do something, like, say steal a cookie from the cookie jar. Director yells “cut” and the cookie is placed back in the jar for me to yet “steal it” again. Over and over again. Did I actually steal the cookie? No. I was acting like I was. That’s something altogether different than actually kissing another man. A man who is not my husband.
I hate having to turn down jobs. But my integrity is not for sale. Fortunately, as God often does, He offered me a job two days after I turned down the Kay shoot. “Rachel,” my booker, Adrienne called, “I’ve got a booking for you for Jared’s Jewelry company. And it’s the same rate Kay jewels was. But you don’t have to kiss anyone. Are you available?”
I did the shoot for Jared’s, and I actually received twice the pay. (We ran long shooting it.)
God is so into the details of our lives. He waits to see if we’ll choose Him and the path of integrity over all this world has to offer. When we trust Him, He’s faithful to provide for our needs. We never have to compromise, believing the lies of “everyone else is doing it,” or “it’s the only way.” We serve a very big God, and it just so happens…He is also my Booker.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5,6