I love being a part of “The Promise.” In just a few weeks auditions for the 2012 season will get underway and I will once again audition for the part of “Grandpa.”

So far the only two grandchildren I have are the ones who share the stage -- and the campfire -- with me on those Fridays and Saturdays in September and October.

I was remembering back to my very first season as a cast member and that very first show I was in. I was, frankly, scared. I don’t mind being in front of people. In fact, I really enjoy it. Been doing programs for audiences for years. But THIS was different. I had never been a part of any production like “The Promise”band, furthermore, had never planned to be.

For several weeks I had been trying to memorize all of my lines. They (the director and other cast members) wanted me to say certain things at certain times, and those who know me know that’s NOT one of my strong points. I’m used to entertaining at banquets, etc. -- by myself -- flying by the seat of my pants. I’m very comfortable with that.

Chase was the young man who was cast that season as my “grandson” in the show. He was a great kid, full of life and not able to sit still for any extended periods of time. Much of each show he’d spend kind of hangin’ on my back at the campfire, lookin’ over my left shoulder at whatever might be going on at center stage.

So it was on that first night. During the Lord’s Supper scene, Chase was draped over my shoulders kinda like a monkey. His head was just above my left shoulder.

I began to hear strange noises and figured he was just being a kid and trying to be funny. But I knew this was NOT the appropriate time to do so.

With just the campfire lighting us up at that particular moment, I slowly turned toward him enough that I could see his face and ask softly, “WHAT are you DOing???”

Chase’s eyes got really big.

“There is a FROG in the MOAT!!!” he responded

That bullfrog never quit croakin’ during the entire scene, and I was really strugglin’ to keep a straight face. I mean, it WAS funny!

Next evening as we men were gathered in our dressing room getting ready for the Saturday night show, one of the guys, whom I didn’t even know yet and who played one of the disciples, said to me, “That was SO funny what you did last night!”

I asked what he was talking about.

“When you were sounding like a frog during the Lord’s Supper scene!”

I let him know real quick that I was NOT the one making the noise! (And asked if he REALLY thought I was THAT crazy!)

It’s one thing to have a “frog” in your throat. Quite another to have a frog in the moat!

Life’s an adventure. I’m livin’ it up!!!

Randy McLelland, a.k.a. Randy Mac, is senior pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church on FM 202. He plays the role of "Grandpa" in The Promise and, through his “Livin' It Up” ministries, is a motivational speaker and Christian entertainer. He can be reached at randymac@randymac.com or 817-454-3386; his Web site address is www.randymac.com.