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Life’s Drama

James 1:19

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

82015 RayDrama: (one definition from dictionary.com) – any situation or series of events having vivid – emotional – conflicting – or striking interest or results. We often call scenes in our life drama when they escalate – seemingly beyond their place.  Events or moments in our lives that seem to be mole hills turned into mountains – often by quick tempers – quick responses – and with very little listening to each other.

In school – drama might center on who likes whom – and who was walking with whom in the hallways – or who was seen with whom. It might center on a number of things – drama is alive and well in our school systems. Drama was alive and well when I went to school – it was when my children attended school – and I imagine it still is and always will be.

This past week – not unlike so many weeks – there were some moments of drama in our local church. As it usually happens – e-mails were flying and people were not communicating with each other (at least not in a way that reduced the drama). Before an e-mail could be answered – others were sent and things escalated (ever been there – I know I have – at times with me doing the escalating). I know most church folks know that the church is not immune to drama.  If we are trying to bring people into environments where they can encounter Christ – drama is not a healthy thing for sure.

Today’s word is simple and so true. It is a word from God through Jesus’ own brother – James. James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… If we all followed these words of wisdom we might avoid some of the drama in our lives. Of course – some seem to thrive on drama – so not all will heed these words – but they hit home with me today and I plan to use them more often.

If our desire is to build people up in their knowledge and understanding of Christ – we need to make sure we are grounded on truth and do not allow the carnal nature to win out too often for sure.  Reducing the drama in the life of the church and in our own lives will help us grow to be more like Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 23, 2015 - Posted by | Bring, Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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