"And the award for Best-Supporting Actor in a drama role goes to...."
Is there anyone reading this who doesn't feel like their name should be at the end of that sentence? Drama has become the buzz word of today's generation, the nightmare of every parent, and the cultural norm on social media. Personally I don't know of anyone who isn't affected by drama, or conflict and tragedy, in some form or fashion. Even Christians and churches cannot escape it.
Interestingly, though, drama is not a word even found in Scripture. Having read through the Bible more than once without recalling ever seeing the word, I did an online search of a handful of popular translations and could find no evidence of its inclusion in God's Word. Yet the Bible has much to say about conflict, trials, and tribulations and the way Christians should handle them. Nowhere does the Bible instruct us to get caught up in drama of any kind. We just sort of write that into our own script.
So how do we handle life's twists and turns without getting sucked into the drama? The only way I know how is to keep "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV). Don't you just love it that Jesus is the author of our faith and not the author of all the drama that we deal with every day? Yet He dealt with more drama than perhaps we ever will and endured His cross "for the joy that was set before Him."
You are the joy Jesus suffered for on the Cross. So is that troubled teen of yours and that elderly parent who cannot face the limitations that age and illness have put on him. Jesus may not remove the drama from your life, but He will carry you through every season of your life, giving you the grace and strength to persevere and mature in your faith. Try seeing the drama -- the people and circumstances that make life less than pleasant -- through the eyes of Jesus. He endured for you. Can you do the same for them?
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