To launch the TNT television network in the country of Belgium a big red push button was placed in the middle of an average Flemish square in an average Flemish town. A sign saying “Push to add drama” invited people to use the button. Click here to see what happened: PUSH TO ADD DRAMA
Does that look like your life sometimes?!! And, some days you don’t even have to push a button to have drama in your life, do you. Drama is part of life. At your work place, at your school, in your home, it can show up anywhere. The problem isn’t how do you get rid of all the drama in life; the problem is how do deal with the drama in your life.
The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34
God doesn’t promise to end the drama in your life. There will be trials and trouble in this world. How does God help? He’ll help you to develop the strength and the endurance and the patience to get past the drama. And, there’s more. Some people are defeated by trouble in their lives, but God will strengthen you. Not only will he guide you though the drama, but you’ll end up learning how to cope with such situations. You’ll be a better person.
With God it’s not as simple as your pushing the “Easy” button, but you can find what you need to move to the finale of your drama, and become a stronger, better person in the process.
What’s your favorite part of the Summer Olympics? The pageantry of the opening ceremony? Swimming and diving? Gymnastics? Boxing? Fencing? Beach volleyball? (I won’t tell your wife!) Or maybe your favorite is my favorite…track and field.
The official song chosen for the 2012 Summer Games is “Survival” by Muse. Some of the lyrics say:
Race, life’s a race
And I am gonna win
Yes, I am gonna win
Life does seem that way, doesn’t it. It’s not a sprint but a long distance race. There are times to speed up and times to jog. Oh, and the race can get strategic, too. When do you make your move to get little ahead? But, above all, you must endure to finish.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Hebrews 12
In the Bible racing is used as an analogy for living life. It’s not winning that is so important. After all, in a race there’s only one person who crosses the finish line first, only one gold medal. What’s important is finishing, persisting to the end. You do so by keeping your eyes on Jesus. Looking to him, you’ll discover the faith and desire and resolution to finish.
How’s your race going? Are you feeling the energy? Or, are your legs heavy today? Just try to keep moving, the objective is to endure. If you get to feeling like you can’t go on, look up…keep your eyes on Jesus.
Here’s the official Muse song “Survival” Olympic athlete montage
***Coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. on NBC