DeVon Franklin on GMA: ‘I’m Praying and Believing That This Is an Awesome Time of Transformation’
By Movieguide® Staff
Filmmaker and author DeVon Franklin recently released a new book called LIVE FREE and wants to encourage people amid their hardships.
“It is happening right now and everywhere. There’s so many challenges we’re facing,” Franklin said in an interview on GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
When asked about how he has overcome difficult circumstances, Franklin recalled his childhood.
“My father died when I was 9 years old,” Franklin explained. “My mother, my other two brothers, we were on welfare sometimes, we didn’t know where the next meal was going to come from. Here’s what helped us through: a resilient mindset.
“You just gotta say ‘I’m gonna make it through this.’ I don’t know how, I don’t know when, I don’t even know where, but you gotta say ‘I’m gonna make it through this,” he added.
Franklin said that now is an important time to adopt an attitude of perseverance.
“When I see what’s going on all throughout the country, this resilient mindset is critical,” Franklin said. “Because if you don’t have the mindset you may never actually get it done. It’s really important to have this mindset.”
The Christian and producer of many faith-based movies also referenced Matthew 5:45.
“There’s a scripture that says ‘the rain falls on the just and the unjust,’ which means we don’t get a chance to decide when these things happen but we do get a chance to decide what grows when the rains of life fall,” Franklin said.
Despite the forced restrictions and less face-to-face interaction in 2020, Franklin said he feels more connected with his family.
“Here’s what we can learn we can: learn that we are all being transformed,” Franklin said. “I don’t know about you all, but I’ve been socially distanced from my family for about a year, especially my mother and my aunts, but I’ve never felt more connected.”
He continued: “We Zoom all the time, we talk all the time… so I believe that all of us, our communities, our families, we’re being transformed and I’m hoping we’re being transformed into something better; more empathy, more connection, more caring… Even with all of the challenges that we have faced, I’m praying and believing that this is an awesome time of transformation where all of us are being transformed for the better and we’re coming closer together than ever before.”
After the interviewers asked for practical ways to have the correct mindset, Franklin pointed to gratitude.
“Every Friday night my family and I, we do a Zoom Bible study so everyone kind of tunes in from around the country and here’s something that I was walking them through, which I want to walk anyone watching right now through,” Franklin said. “One thing that you can do to help you from going down the rabbit hole of despair, the rabbit hole of anxiety, and it’s called 60 seconds of gratitude. Anytime you feel yourself starting that pull of like, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s not going to happen, I’m not going to make it,’ just say, ‘Wait a minute.’
“It doesn’t matter what it is because here’s what I know; it’s really hard to be down and grateful at the same time,” Franklin concluded. “Gratitude improves your attitude.”
Franklin produced Movieguide® Award-winning movies such as THE STAR and BREAKTHROUGH. Watch the video above to see his full interview on GOOD MORNING AMERICA.