Project Inspired welcomes “Inspired Guests” to our community. These experts, bloggers, and passionate everyday people stop by to share their personal perspectives on faith and beyond. Today’s guest, Lauren DeMoss, is a New England-based blogger for the site thefulltimegirl.com.
“Do you know what she did? Did you see what she was wearing? Did you hear what they said about YOU?”
Oh, the drama. Sometimes it feels like we can never escape it. It’s a love/hate relationship for most girls…we love to hear the latest gossip, but not when it’s about us!
We all know that one person who is always bent on seeing the bad in situations or looking for the faults in others–someone who is all drama. No one is perfect and drama will arise, but if we are thinking on the things of God, it will be a whole lot easier to handle drama or gossip in a loving way, and treat one another with grace.
Our grace for others is directly proportional to our understanding of the grace we have received from God. When we hear a bit of gossip, are we genuinely concerned for the victim…or with having something to tell our friends or hold over someone else’s head? Will we use it as a source to draw attention to ourselves or to Jesus Christ?
Maybe you are thinking, “Yeah, I wish so-and-so would read this. They can’t seem to keep me out of their drama.” The bottom line is that you can’t control the actions of others. You can only control your own actions–everyone is only responsible for their own stuff. If you seem to be stuck in someone else’s dramatic episode all the time, pray for them, seek godly counsel about the situation, kindly speak to that person about what is going on, and if you can’t ever seem to stay out of their drama, separate yourself from them.
It’s hard to rise above the drama that surrounds you–especially if it involves you. It has a huge effect on our emotions, but this is when we have to trust God. That always seems to be the answer, doesn’t it? And it is always easier said than done. But girls, if we are seeking our God, He has promised to take care of us and work all things together for our good. No matter what anyone does around you, no matter if the whole world seems to hate you…if God is for you, then nothing can stand against you.
The bigger picture is that your life will consist of the things YOU focus on. Start thinking about pure, lovely and true things. Focus on your relationship with God and what He has called you to. Focus on all the blessings God has given. Focus on all the people you love and who love you. Today’s latest drama is not the meaning or overall purpose of your life. God is so good and I promise that you have so many wonderful things to be thankful for today and even better things to look forward to tomorrow.
Lauren DeMoss is the founder and author at thefulltimegirl.com. Through her writing, she desires to point people to Jesus, and encourage and inspire her generation and the next to be courageously and fully abandoned to their Savior. It is really all about Him.
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