My life revolves around Drama. To be more specific, Broadway drama. My husband and I are constantly moving in and out of venues across the USA and Canada to bring spectacular Broadway productions – such as Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Lion King, Waitress, Les Miserables (my all time favorite), Color Purple, King and I, School of Rock, and the like – so that people can enjoy the theatrical arts. For us, the words of Prince Hamlet, penned by master playwright William Shakespeare, “the play’s the thing.,” rings true. Yes, indeed, the play’s the thing.
Attending a theatrical production is a real treat. When we attend a theatrical production, we immerse ourselves in a live, visual and auditory experience. We see the grandeur of the sets and the opulent costumes. The music surrounds us and captivates us. We are whisked away into another world, utterly transported into the action we experience before our eyes. We experience the thrills and woes of the characters and in that live performance we can so better identify with what the playwright’s expression of life, love, loss, triumph, and tragedy, than we ever could by watching a movie. There’s no editing involved, there’s no close-ups of actors faces, or concentration on specific mannerisms, there’s none of that. The theatrical audience is more involved in the production by actively watching and eagerly anticipating the action taking place on the stage. The all out drama of the theater is total experience.
That to me is good drama. Pure drama. Even early in my life, I loved that kind of drama. You couldn’t keep me away from performing and backstage work in plays in High School and somewhat there after. So it’s rather natural for me to be involved in theatrical productions at this stage of my life.
Then there’s the bad drama, you know the kind. The drama that migrates, most often unwelcome, into our lives. There’s the coworkers who don’t know how to fit in, they try too hard, and they end up alienating most others around them. There’s the ones who “suck up” to the people whom they think may be able to advance them. There’s the ones who play one person against another. There’s the ones who try to make themselves so important that they think that they can control others. There’s the ones who ignore you, or treat you with contempt when one person is around, and then act nice when others are around. There are those who will wait for the most opportune moment to throw you “under the bus” so that they can make themselves look more valuable to “the powers that be.” There’s those who lack integrity and are outright greedy. There are those who just want to let everyone know just how more superior that they think they are. There are those who attempt to take over, control the work or actions of others when it’s not appropriate, or in their job description. There are those who stick their noses, and insert themselves directly, into other people’s business. There’s the ones who “stretch the truth,” or outright lie in an attempt to make themselves look better. And, then there’s the ones who read all sorts of things or intentions into situations that are simply false.
This world loves to suck us into its drama just a surely as a black hole in space devours virtually everything around it and sends it into an unknown abyss. Earthly drama strives to entrap us into spinning our wheels, wringing our hands, and throwing us into panic. That, for sure, is a tactic of the enemy – lure us into drama, drama, drama. While I cannot speak for you, I know that I don’t want that kind of drama in my life. It’s simply not welcome. I don’t need to dwell there. I do my best to avoid it.
It seems rather obvious to me that the enemy’s ultimate dramatic purpose is to draw our attention, and focus away from God, the perfector of life. To bring us to a place where our actions as a Christian are damaging to our faith, and our witness to others – to discredit our Lord and Savior. That’s why it’s so very important to have a support network. We can’t effectively dwell faithfully in our world without the help and encouragement of others around us. We have so many outside pressures attempting to crush us moment by moment, that we need to rally around each other. Set aside petty differences, and build each other up. It’s through God’s Word, reflection, prayers, and consistent interaction with other believers that I find my encouragement. You and your encouragement are vital to others. You have experience that you can share, perspectives to offer, that can, and do, make a big difference in the lives of others.
Do yourself a favor – save the drama for the stage, the theatrical stage. Move instead to encourage one another, build each other up.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, ESV)
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25, ESV)
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. (Proverbs 11:25, ESV)