Thursday, October 15, 2009

Drama - It's Inside the Box

Drama! Life is full of drama. Drama is what I see when I turn on the TV and watch one of theses so called "sitcoms". The result of drama is what I see on the nightly news. Drama seems to begin in the seventh grade and never ends. We live in drama central. It's in our schools. It's in our families. Our lives are in reaction mode because of all of the drama!

Is this how God wants us to live? Does He want us limited by our own perceptions and ideas? Does He want us limited by all of the drama? Solomon talked about living life to the fullest in Ecclesiastes chapters 11 and 12.

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and youth are vanity. Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”. [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ec 11:9-12:1.]

These verses offer an awesome and inspiring challenge to all of us. Solomon says "rejoice in your youth". We find those verses difficult because we are not following our true heart's desire. We are limiting our God given abilities by trying to fight for a status in life.

"Let your heart cheer in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart". Unfortunately, for many of us our heart's desire is to cannon ball into the drama swimming pool. For some reason we seem to live in the drama arenas of life. The reality shows carry some of the highest ratings on TV. Why? They rank high because it entertains us to see someone else in the midst of situations where they fight for control and position.

In John 10:10 we see Jesus painting the picture of life. He says in these verses "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Jn 10:10.]".

The thief, satan himself, wants to steal your happiness and your hope. When we are concerned with what others think about us, we are allowing the thief to take away our fullness for that day. The thief also wants to kill. He wants to kill relationships and create emotional chaos which is achieved my allowing drama in our lives. The Bible also tells us that he wants to destroy. He wants to destroy our witness and our Christian walk. This can be easily accomplished by participating in the slander and hateful comments of emotional relationship battles.

Is this where God wants us to spend our lives? No. Jesus wants us to have true abundant life. However, because of our selfish focus, we cannot experience the true "abundant life" that God has given us. We have limited ourselves. It is like locking ourselves into a room in which there is no obvious way out.

My son and I decided we wanted to build a storage building early this spring. We finally decided on a set of plans and began to build. This month we are in the final stages of completing this building and this week's project was to hang the garage door on the front. Keep in mind the garage door is the only entry point into the building. If you have ever hung a sectional garage door then you know that you build the garage door over the opening from the inside. Ryan could not help me this week so my father graciously came over to lend a hand.

We started early Tuesday evening assembling and hanging the door. As the panels were going up over the door opening, we realized there was no way out of this building until the door was completely assembled and functional. At 9:30 the realization hits us that we are not finished and we have no way out. There were a lot of questions that began to cross my mind. What if I need to go to the bathroom? What if I get sick? What if I get hurt? It is very easy to become consumed on all of the work and problems inside the building. It would be easy to become discouraged when the task at hand is greater than life itself. Our goal became to get out of the box. At 10:15 the garage door opened and we could move on to better things such as sleep and fresh air.

The reason I say this is to mention that many of us never find the excitement, joy, and peace that God intends for us to have because we cannot get out of the box. We cannot get beyond the drama in life to be able to experience the abundant life God has for us. The Lord has created you for a purpose. Don’t listen to people who put you down or make fun of you.

You see, satan has convinced many of us to believe that we can never overcome the sin or the situations that we are in. Believing that message, we feel that we can never be more than we are, therefore, we settle for the status quo. We believe that we can't live for Christ. We believe that our past limits our ability to have an exciting and fulfilled life.

When your life is over, I believe that there will be a couple of questions God will ask. "Did you do all that you were created to do?" and "Did you live to the fullest you could live because of my Son".

If the answer is no, then what is wrong? Solomon said "Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come".  It is the only way out of the box.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson
http://www.dougjohnson.net/

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