by Cindi McMenamin
It occurred to me, as I was writing my book, Drama Free, that most of the drama we experience in life is a result of fearing people more than we fear God.
For instance, I was recently stressed out because someone was believing something about me that wasn’t true. But did I really fear what people thought more than I feared the God who had my back and could clear my name?
The Bible tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….” (Psalm 111:10, NASB). To fear God is to have a wholesome dread of ever displeasing the Lord. It implies love, reverence, and caring more about what God thinks of us than what others might think.
I find that verse in the Psalms interesting because I’ve come to realize the opposite of wisdom is drama. When we exercise wisdom, we use discretion and we don’t make a scene. When we demonstrate wisdom, we don’t bring distress to others. When we display wisdom, we are not putting ourselves on display. If fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, which negates drama, then fearing anything other than God is likely to trigger drama.
In my own life, I find that, instead of fearing God, I can sometimes fear:
- being misunderstood
- being treated unfairly
- being embarrassed (by appearing weak or incapable)
- being rejected
- being in a situation where I am not in control. (My daughter has a fear of flying because she fears not being in control. And let me tell you, there can be drama on the airplane because of it!)
Sometimes we simply fear the worst. That is still a fear of something other than God. It is giving more power to what we fear than to God, who can handle those concerning things.
In Exodus 14:14 we are told: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV) That is one capable God, able to do far more than our fears, worries or drama can accomplish.
The more you and I get to know who God is and what He is capable of, the more our worries, fears, and freak-outs can be stilled. We can be full of drama, or full of trust in an all-capable God. I know which one I want to be. Don’t you?
About the Author: Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and award-winning author who helps women and couples strengthen their relationship with God and others. She is the author of 16 books including, Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You. For more on her resources to strengthen your soul, marriage, and parenting, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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