Skip The Drama

15 Mar

God’s Word:  Matthew 6:16-18    Jesus said, “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it.  It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint.  If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly.  Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face.  God doesn’t require attention-getting devices.  He won’t overlook what you are doing; He’ll reward you well.” 

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying to me through these verses)

Skip the drama when you concentrate on God.  So many people thrive on drama to draw attention to self.  They can turn any occasion into a drama.  I’ve said it before but you need to be reminded often—God isn’t impressed with your drama.  Instead, He’s impressed with your sincere and humble appeals when you come before Him in private.

When life throws you a curve ball I am there with you.  You don’t need to make a production of your distress in order to draw more attention to your sorry plight.  You may think you are doing this to make sure I am focusing on you but what you are really doing is seeking to draw the attention and sympathy of others.

Instead, when in distress, do whatever seems right in order to better concentrate on Me.  You might choose to skip eating for a while to deny yourself and better focus on Me.  But let it be private, just between you and Me.  Don’t put on a long face, refuse to comb your hair, or create drama so others will notice you.  Instead, focus your private thoughts on God, and devote your public moments in service to others.

Jesus’ Question for Me: Will you choose to skip the drama and spend your energy in sincere prayer and petition?

Jesus’ Promise to Me:  God, who sees what’s done is secret will reward you openly.

My Song to Jesus:  Day by Day         by Karolina W. Sandell-Berg 1865

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, it’s part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He lay;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

Born Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell in a rectory at FröderydSmåland, Sweden. At the age of 26, she went with her father Jonas Sandell, a Lutheran pastor of the Lutheran church in Fröderyd on a boat trip across Lake Vättern to Göteborg, during which he fell overboard and drowned before her eyes. The tragedy affected Lina, inspiring her to write hymns. She wrote hymns and poured out her broken heart in an endless stream of beautiful songs (650).  Sandell is regarded as the Fanny Crosby of Sweden.

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