Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Drama-Free Zone

I urge you, brothers and sisters,
in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God—
this is your true and proper worship. 
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, 
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  
Then you will be able to test and approve
what God’s will is
his good, pleasing and perfect will.
~ Romans 12:1-2

Drama.  What comes to mind?  Desperate Housewives?  American Idol?  General Hospital?  Lindsey Lohan?  The upcoming presidential election? 

I'm not kean on reality TV or the sort of soap drama we find nearly everywhere in 2012.  But the fact is, I do relish a wee bit of drama in life.  Not the sort of drama that results in a rousing stinkin' drinkin' song aboard Country Western music charts, or the sort that plays out in immoral escapades,
slanderous intrigues, one-upmanship, or Donald Trump-type business dynamics.

My dramatic preferences today mean something akin to boredom in many circles.  Today's drama assortment looks an awful lot like preparing for a bike ride, or seeing how far I can stretch a dollar on a shopping foray, or seeing how many books I can wade through in a week, or pouring over travel guides to plan the next big adventure.  Yesterday it was to wash both of our vehicles; something I rarely do, favoring the local carwash instead. 

These are the bite sized dramas I prefer over those that blight the soul.  I wish they'd been my preference as a young woman. But then again, I didn't know what I didn't know back then.  I know now.

There is both intellectual assent as well as common sense to training one's thoughts which, in turn, trains one's behavior.  The result is a whole lot less drama in life.  Anything but boring!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—
think about such things. 
~ Philippians 4:8

We demolish arguments and every pretension that
sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought
to make it obedient to Christ. 
~ 2 Corinthians 10:5


Debbie said...

it is amazing to me that it has taken me this many years to reach the point where I really understand the important of disciplining my mind to control my behavior so to speak. Love your thoughts here, and these verses. Have a wonderful day!

skoots1mom said...

this was the topic of a talk i gave at a women's retreat a few years His Word in Philippians!

Denise said...

I always enjoy your thoughts my friend.

Debbie Petras said...

I love where you wrote:
"There is both intellectual assent as well as common sense to training one's thoughts which, in turn, trains one's behavior."

Well said!

We get into trouble and much drama when we allow our thoughts to focus on too many things of this world. Do we live here? Yes and of course we must be aware of what's going on. But it's so important to not neglect feeding on God's Word and what is good and right and pure.

I like your kind of drama Kathleen. And btw, I continue to pray for Pastor Greg.

Love you,

Ray Barnes said...

I do so admire your ethical stance Kathleen, to say nothing of the way you illustrate your point of view.
I love the Philippians quotation, but would need at least another life-time as long as the one I've already had, in order to put it into practice.

RCUBEs said...

How I wish I have a big sign like that "Drama Free Zone" posted at my workplace!

I always remind myself with Phil.4:8...I know that to avoid drama that doesn't please God, I must not even be a part of it in the first place.

I like your choices of life's dramas. The simpler...The better...

myletterstoemily said...

sounds like you prefer good drama
instead of foolish drama.

Maryann said...

The title of your post intrigued me, I try to avoid drama at all costs...lessons learned from younger days. I much perfer your kind of drama

Just a little something from Judy said...

Our pastor spoke on Phillipians 4:8 yesterday and the urgency in today's world to keep our focus right. Then I stop by and read this post and am reminded again. Somehow, when my focus is right, the drama around me seems tolerable. I like how you shared it all.