Isn’t growth in the Lord amazing? A long time ago in a galaxy far far away . . . Okay, not really, but about 14 years ago, I had a bad experience while directing my first play in Southern California at our church at that time. <In my Charles Barkley voice> It was turrible, just TURRIBLE! LOL Really it was. The day of the play, the associate pastor called me early in the morning telling me about somethings that were brought to his attention from the cast. He didn’t tell me what or who, so I had no clue what he was talking about which made things really awkward for me. Was it one person or the entire group? Was it a bunch of things or just one? I thought I had established a good communicative environment meaning they were able to say anything to me at any time including complaints. The conversation with the associate pastor was particularly disturbing because I felt I was the one who had A LOT of reasons to complain, but I never did. Folks skipped rehearsals without notifying me, and when they did come they were late; they didn’t pay attention in rehearsal causing them to miss cues; they didn’t know their lines; they didn’t follow through with their commitment. Long story short, after that experience I uttered these very words, “I WILL NEVER DO ANOTHER PLAY WITH CHRISTIANS EVER AGAIN!”
Yup, I sure did and I didn’t . . . for years. And IT WAS ALL THEIR FAULT! LOL Or was it? It is so easy to focus on what other people do. It took some time, but I finally realized what my part was in that situation. When we’re faced with difficult situations, we have absolutely no control over the other people who are involved. We only have control over ourselves. Since there are no do-overs in life, I had to learn from that situation with an emphasis on Bible principles, not my own. My idea of a lesson learned was, “I WILL NEVER DO ANOTHER PLAY WITH CHRISTIANS EVERY AGAIN!” But the bible says in Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” BOOM!
Did you feel that? Maybe it’s just me. LOL Seriously, if we’re honest with ourselves, there’s always something we could’ve done better in those less than ideal situations. When we focus on God and His word, we tend to handle things better or at least get up faster after falling. 😀
How on earth did I allow that situation to make me walk away from my purpose? Because I wasn’t focused on the Lord. Colossians 3:23-24 says, 23Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
You know how we have at least one person that we find hard to work with, there’s someone out there saying the same thing about us. LOL
Just blogging it out . . . Oh and HAPPY WEDNESDAY! 😀
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