Jesus said, “offenses must come.” It’s part of life. You cannot avoid it. You can, however, choose what to do with it.
Blessing today! I hope you are able to spend some time with Jesus today. Sorta important…
There’s a book out there called “The Bait of Satan.” Super awesome book by John Bevere. It talks about offense and how much we use it to create issues in our lives. Offense is such a big “not talked” topic these days. And, you know Jesus talked about it. It’s not real popular what He said either.
“Woe to the world for offenses, for offenses must come, but woe to that man from whom they come.” Matthew 18:7
Keep in mind, this was not the only time that Jesus talked about offenses. He emphasized that neither should we cause offense nor be affected by it. Today the word “drama” has a whole new meaning. And it’s not easily defined. But, in essence, it means “trouble caused by one’s actions or words.” Ultimately, drama is a by product of being offended.
I looked up “drama” in the “Urban Dictionary.” There is no way I am reposting that. I am constantly amazed at how people cannot describe anything in life without using foul language!
Did you see that? Did you notice how I responded to what was written in the UD? I was offended. Now I have the choice to run with that. I can go to Facebook and Twitter, post how I feel and stir up all sort of commotion and make people mad because they feel the same way. Or, add to the offense by making people mad at me because they are offended that I am offended. And, that, my friends, is “drama.”
As I said, drama is caused by offense. And the world is so full of offense that it is downright offensive. Jesus said, “offenses must come.” It’s part of life. You cannot avoid it. You can, however, choose what to do with it.
I admit that I have done my share of “stirring the pot.” I have even posted on here about my “other” blog that is meant for more “controversial” conversation. And, so, I guess in a way, I am somewhat guilty of placing the proverbial “drama stumbling blocks” before my brothers. I hope you are not offended by quotation marks. I tend to use them to the point of offensiveness.
The internet is fraught with anti-drama memes. Ones like, “Drama invites drama.” And, “Anti-Drama Spray.” “Oh, you don’t like drama? Well, by all means, keep going on dramatically about it!” And, of course, one of my favorites, “I can see you’re upset. Maybe you should post more about it on Facebook.That should help eliminate any drama.” The hilarity goes on and on.
“Profound dramatics” live in a world of problems. They are the first to say they hate drama. No one will ever admit they like drama and issues in their lives. And, quite often, the dramatic is the first to say so. But, in reality, they thrive in that place. They are like a walking “National Enquirer,” they need to know. They gotta be in the thick of it. And, they need a reason to complain. Their favored mantra? “I can’t stand all the drama.”
Back to my point. There will always be offense in our lives. Drama, if you will. It’s not going away just because we want it to. So, what’s the solution? That’s up to you. Individually, we have to decide how to respond. The more we respond poorly, the stronger that offense/drama becomes in our lives. So, in the words of Joshua, choose you this day, drama or no drama? Offense or no offense. What you give your time to most will always have reign in your life. And drama should never be on the throne in your heart… Don’t let the drama queen rule instead of the King!