“That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:11,12
Drama, the one aspect of my life I try to avoid. There are a lot of things that we face in life that can upset or disrupt our day. There was a time when it seemed I would go from dysfunction to dysfunction and never seem to have a quiet moment. It wasn’t until someone said to me, “You are like a drama factory”, I was the source of the majority of my problems.
Are you guilty of creating your own turmoil? Can you think back on your circumstances and see where you have also been guilty of creating the drama in your life? Creating drama is usually evident when we find ourselves involved in things we don’t belong. There have been a few tactics I incorporate in my life that guard me from unnecessary drama, I don’t give unsolicited advice. There was a time when I felt the need to add my two cents. Somehow thinking that I can solve every problem. This violates the first part of our verse, “That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business”.
It was amazing when I began to practice this discipline how much stress was relieved daily. I felt that every time I would add my unwanted opinion, it was like I took on this burden that didn’t belong to me.
I also began to stop airing my dirty laundry to those that had no way of lightening my load. The idea of “to work with your own hands”. Provision and responsibility come from being someone who has taken initiative to be a part of a solution. If there is a heavy burden you carry be sure to share it with those that you can trust to give you the help you need. The important thing is to a part of the process and not to expect someone to “Fix” everything for us. The instruction Paul gives the Galatians ties this principle together.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.”
This is some of the best advice I have received, after I asked for it, “Live a quiet life, mind your own business and be apart of the solution”. And, don’t be “A Drama Factory”. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.