Madeline Carroll is a Christian actress who rejected a role in a TV series because it would mean compromising her values. She was warned her career could be over but God soon rewarded her action with the opportunity of a lifetime… to be in the hit movie, ‘I Can Only Imagine’.
“I passed on a show because I didn’t want to do nudity,” Madeline said. “I had someone literally say to me, ‘Madeline, that’s all there is for your age, so if you’re not comfortable with that, then I don’t know what to tell you, you’re not going to have a career.’”
She stood strong
Madeline was warned that if she did not accept the offer, she may not have a career in Hollywood, but she wasn’t intimidated by those words; she still chose to pass up on the opportunity.
Madeline knew God had other plans for her; she felt called to acting, but not to compromise her faith.
God is faithful
Indeed God has been faithful to her, as she was offered the part of Shannon (Bart Millard’s wife) in ‘I Can Only Imagine.’ This is the real-life story of Bart Millard of the famous band, Mercy Me. The film tells the story of his strained relationship with his father and how God’s grace can transform lives bringing forgiveness and hope.
It recently won one of the grand prizes at the Annual Movieguide Awards – an Epiphany Award. (pictured) Movieguide reviews movies from a Christian perspective for families and works in Hollywood to redeem the media.
‘The only way up is by going low’
Madeline’s story shows that as followers of Christ, we can stand firm in our values without compromising who we are. As she reflects on her many blessings and God’s provision, her lasting renown is: “to God be the Glory!”
There are many people who struggle and will do just about anything for money, fame, and position, but we as Christians believe that the only way up is by going low. – We must humble ourselves to the Lord because He alone can promote us.
May this testimony serve as an inspiration to us to never compromise our faith for fame. God has a way of elevating His people. Obeying the Lord will always lead to greater blessing.