I was asked to put together a few devotionals for our church this month. I’d like to share them here. They’re releasing to the church a week apart so that’s how I’ll release them on the blog.
Here’s week 1!
Mental Health: Save the Drama!
Drama can be defined as an exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or circumstances. In the urban dictionary one of the definitions is “a situation that causes extreme emotional reaction even though it would be very simple to solve.” I suppose that last definition is the most accurate in most of our lives.
While in New York a few weeks ago I saw drama take on so many forms. I saw people discussing drama, I saw people reading about celebrity drama, I saw ads for reality TV shows that use drama to draw you in so you’ll watch, I even saw a billboard for a radio station that said “Celebrity Drama Alert! Turn to 101.3 for the latest gossip.” That’s when it hit me, we are addicted to drama.
As a society we are drawn in to situations based on the drama. Why do you think media executives use drama as the go to strategy for boosting TV ratings? Not the exciting type of drama you’ll see in a movie that climaxes with the defeat of the bad guy. I’m talking about the kind of drama that causes you to talk about other people’s lives (even celebrity lives) even though they’re none of your business. It’s that type of drama that we’re addicted to.
I see it all the time with teenagers, especially on social media websites. “Her friend said this about her boyfriend so he jumped in and started saying things about her and he said some stuff he’d regret but she won’t forgive him because he should have known better.” It’s all so pathetic and difficult to follow but so easy to get sucked into.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
Our addiction to drama is contrary to what God tells us in His word. We are called as His children to focus on good things. We should be thinking about what is right. What we think or meditate on becomes what we speak and even translates to the way we live our lives. When we are addicted to drama we become the type to create drama in our lives and the lives of those around us. It can be a dangerous thing.
Instead of focusing on what people say about us, we should focus on what God says about us. (Jeremiah 29:11) Instead of thinking about what’s wrong with everyone else’s life. We should be looking into God’s Word like a mirror and let it reflect what we need to fix in our own lives. (James 1:22-25) When we focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable we become those things. It’s just the way God has created us to work.
Don’t be sucked in by drama. Don’t be drawn in by the TV show or magazine boasting all the latest gossip. Instead, let God’s Word and His Holy Spirit draw you in to a closer relationship with Him and those around you.
Author: Michael Prince
Michael Prince co-authored “What’s in Your Pocket? A parent’s guide to protecting your children online.” with his wife Melinda. They have four kids and live in an RV anywhere in the USA they see the need for an internet safety expert. Michael is leading the conversation in the American Church about family online security. He and Melinda founded BecauseFamily, a ministry that exists to inspire and equip parents to be the first influence in the lives of their children, in 2013. Michael is also a geek and loves Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and strategy board games.