This world is full of drama. It's everywhere and I get so weary. Why is it necessary to beat each other up? Why do we feel the need to have people on "our side?" When did it become okay to be ugly to people and say hurtful things in the vein of being honest? None of this sounds like scripture to me. To be honest, none of this sounds like basic kindness to me. Make no mistake, this is not meant to be "preachy", I have found myself involved in this stuff too. I don't know many people, or really anyone who hasn't found themselves in the middle of a he said/she said mess. I'm finally understanding why there always seems to be some kind of drama.
Drama is no more than a smokescreen used by the enemy to take our eye off God and to distort our view of each other.
Taking the focus off God and placing it on chaotic situations around us causes us to lose sight of what should be the most important thing... God's will and His call on each of our lives. If we focus our time and attention on stuff like "why does he/she not like me" or what one person says about another, what time do we have to give to listening to God or hearing where He wants us to walk next. Oh my gosh, how unbelievably lost we'll be. I have been that person. I'm a people-pleaser, I want everybody to like me. I have spent unknown hours obsessing about what someone has said or is saying about me. Sounds stupid, is stupid, but it's true.
When people talk and talk things get crazy, stories grow, people form opinions. Many of those opinions are unhealthy and based on nothing close to truth. This is what Satan uses to separate us from each other and the will of God. What I have learned though, is that Satan can't use this stuff unless he's given a foot-hold. We open ourselves up by being insecure or by being prideful and thinking "I've got this thing figured out." Truth is, none of us have it figured out. Once all this happens our view of each other has been changed. We don't trust each other. When we allow this to happen how can we possibly achieve what God has called us, as a people, to do in this world. We can't, it's that simple.
Knowing these things, my prayer for me and my family is that we can keep it simple and keep our focus. It's not easy, we are a family of messy and sinful people who are sucking air on this earth only because God decided we could. We will try to love people like God and treat people the way Jesus did. We Will Fail. And when we fail, we know that God will place His hands under our arms, much like a Daddy with his toddler, and lift us back up to continue on. It is my hope and desire that we as a family can keep it together enough to shine His light and bring HIS name more fame and more glory, not ours. That's what it's all about.