Drama du Jour

Monday, November 14, 2011

Are you caught up in the drama of social news stories? Kim Kardashian -will she or won’t she return the ring to husband of 72 days? Will Dr. Murray serve the full sentence for Michael Jackson’s death? Lindsay Lohan - will that drama ever end? Did young Justin Beiber really father that woman’s baby? Will these stories continue to add new chapters that will play out in the national spotlight?

Are you living in your own day to day drama? Are you dealing with a family member’s drama? Are you dealing with a friend’s drama? Do you have to face the drama of the day from a drama queen in your world?
When we are so caught up in the drama of the day - day after day, we can miss out on the life God intends for us to live.
Days are gifts. How do you value your days? Do you number your days?

Teach us to number our days,that we may gain a heart of wisdom. [Psalms 90:12, NIV]

The phrase "number our days" expresses the idea putting things in order or prioritizing our time because the end of one's life is fast approaching. Moses wanted us to remember that our remaining number of days grows smaller each day.

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs realized the value of numbering his days. He noted in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” When we are consumed with any unnecessary drama, we are wasting our days.

In her book Same Life, New Story, Jan Silvious encourages us to delete the drama of the day. She says, “Drama is one of the biggest time-robbers in life.” When we deal with the drama of bad relationships, we have unnecessary and unhealthy clutter in our lives. Granted, there are unfortunate circumstances in the lives of our friends and loved ones and we want to lend our support. But when we spend our days caught up in someone else’s constant crises, bad choices, and unhealthy experiences, we become depleted of our energy and joy. When dealing with high drama, Jan advises us to use a coping strategy called pressing the Delete button. Pressing the Delete button is practicing the spiritual discipline found in 1 Peter 5:7 – “casting your care upon Him for He cares for you.” “Casting” means “to hurl.” When you hurl something, you usually do not intend to get it back. Just as when you press Delete, it rarely is with the intention of seeing it again.

Let’s pray for wisdom to know how to cope with the very real heartbreaking situations that we face or our loved one’s face. Let’s also pray for wisdom to know how to delete the unnecessary drama that interrupts our days.

The Apostle Paul advises to number our days -

"Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is." (Ephesians 5:15-17, Amplified)

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