Drama or Peace?

I’m weary of drama. Nationally it seems we’re all on edge, looking for the slightest provocation at which to take offense. Personal opinions on lifestyle and culture are seen as political positions to be argued to the death (or to the Supreme Court whichever comes first), and plenty of folks are just waiting for the opportunity. They’re quick to advance the faults of their opponent’s position, or even of their opponent himself. The country is on hair trigger, and worse, this seems to be our new normal.

Drama doesn’t stop at the DC beltway. State and local politics can be as vicious as the national action. “Office politics” may affect us much more personally. Our reputations and career trajectories may be at stake in workplace intrigue. The entertainment industry thrives on drama, and not just in the product.   And then there’s rumor, innuendo, gossip and the usual relationship drama in among families, friends, and the various social groups to which we belong.

The world produces endless drama. Why so much tension? We like it! People thrive on drama; we seek it out; if things are too calm, we stir the pot!  We claim to want peace, but we lie to ourselves. Conflict gives us a chance to be right, to win, to be superior to our fellow humans. Unfortunately, winning brings no relief. We must manufacture more conflict. Even when we’ve lost the battle, we nurse a grudge in our hearts and minds and the drama continues. “Never surrender” is the way of the world.

I was like that once, but the way of the world is no longer the way for me. God has changed my heart. I want peace, real peace, the peace that comes from God. I’m asking him for it of course, and like a lot of gifts from God, sometimes peace is bestowed immediately, but mostly it’s a process. So I’m trying to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, detaching from worldly matters, avoiding needless conflict, and keeping my focus on the gospel. Sure I backslide a bit sometimes (okay, pretty often), but God’s not done with me yet. The peace is growing.

What will it be for you? Drama or peace? Choose wisely.

Peace be with you,

Pete

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  – Jesus  (John 14:27 NIV)

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