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Ever been unhappy with a job?  Dissatisfied with where you are in life?  Not fully on board with your boss?  Feeling unappreciated?  Work load is too much?  Feeling like you can’t just go in and do your job and then leave it behind to go home and enjoy life? Too many hours each week? Physically stressful? Co-workers causing drama?  A never ending barrage of events? All of the Above?

Well, some of those things applied to my job of 30 years.  I started at McDonald’s when I was 16 and I worked there until about a month ago. Over the years this job had its ups and downs.  Deep down I know that ketchup ran through my veins.  I had been in the business long enough to know how to deal with almost every type of customer and crew member.  I loved the busy days.  The satisfaction of good numbers.  The thrill of seeing happy customers.  But….

In 2012 I became a General Manager and things began to change for me.  I had challenges I had not faced before.  I was now the one in charge..of a whole store.  I did schedules and inventories and hiring and firing and paperwork and meetings and training and customer service and customer complaint calls and the list goes on.  I was on call 24/7 in case something happened at the store meaning I could not turn my phone off “just in case” and it was permanently attached to me wherever I went.  As time went on I took on more stress than I probably needed to.

At the same time, I began to love the people I worked with.  They were on my prayer list.  Some called me mom.  I was building relationships and sometimes we even talked about Jesus.  When God began to lift the grace from me to work in this capacity of General Manager I began to question His motives..yes, God’s motives.  I argued that if I went on to something different who would be here for these people?   Where would my ministry field be?

I had back surgery in November and I get a huge dose of disconnect.  The store was not allowed to be in contact with me as this was a work related accident.  So for three months I was off work…the longest EVER in my life for not working.  I had plenty of time to write, rest and live in His Presence.  A very relaxed and stress-less situation.  I was pretty happy-go-lucky and I loved it.

When I went back to work the stress returned.  It was almost like I had been a free roaming horse who just got bridled for the first time.  As I tried to mesh my new free lifestyle with work again I felt so frustrated.  This being on call 24/7.  The people not wanting to come to work.  The drama.  It was too much.  I just wasn’t filled with enough grace to do this type of work again.

Tomorrow I will fill you on the rest of the saga.  But for now just know this:  Sometimes God lifting the grace is the very thing which catapults you into your promise land.

Dear God, Thank You for lifting grace at times.  Thank You that You always offer me a safe place to be.  Help me to see You and what You are doing on my behalf.  Thank You for knowing every detail of what I need in my life to move into my promise land.  Thank You that with every twist and turn of my life you will be right beside me.  Help me to stay so close to You that I can feel You breathing.

In Jesus Name  Amen

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What a Drama!

“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 ASV

Unbelievable things happen to good people.  Undeserving stuff happens to those we view unworthy.  Strange unexplainable events take place everywhere around the world.   Soon mouths are moving and hearts are broken; things are done and words are spoken to change the perspectives of many.  Rumors are begun and accusations fly like birds scattered from a loud noise.  Drama.  Drama.  Drama.  It is everywhere you go.  It does not stop after you graduate from school or college, it just gets different to fit whatever situation you find yourself in.  As Christians we need to begin to see drama differently and take part in God’s Drama.

I try hard not to let drama control my life, however I work with two types of persons who usually are at the heart of it:  teenagers and restaurant workers.  I often can find myself drawn into the excitement of “he said she said” and the “didja hears”.  It is easy in this worldly time to forget for moments at a time that the words we speak can either bring life or death, healing or brazenness.  We need to see things in a slightly different light, a view point of drama maybe not seen before.

Drama Defined in Webster’s Dictionary:  a : a composition in verse or prose intended to portray life or character or to tell a story usually involving conflicts and emotions through action and dialogue and typically designed for theatrical performance : play — compare closet drama b : a movie or television production with characteristics (as conflict) of a serious play; broadly : a play, movie, or television production with a serious tone or subject <a police drama>: dramatic art, literature, or affairsa : a state, situation, or series of events involving interesting or intense conflict of forces

Drama is the unfolding of a story, often in skit-form.  Hmmm, could we not use the Bible as our drama?  It has verse, portrays life and it has conflict.  If we decide to use the Bible as our skit, all we have to do is learn the lines and then continually practice them.  By building up the character in us, we can be a spectacular sight for others to live by for they will see the star quality in us:  Jesus.

If we have troubles along the way say for instance, learning our lines or understanding the purpose for a certain setting, we can seek out the Director.  He will place people in the right places and guide us to the perfect performance.  (Webster:  di·rec·tor noun \də-ˈrek-tər, dī-\: one who directs: as a : the head of an organized group or administrative unit  b : one of a group of persons entrusted with the overall direction of a corporate enterprise people in the right places and guide us to the perfect performance.) The Director can change the scenery along the way to make more sense of the current scene we are acting out. The Director sets the theme and the tone for the entire skit and we just need to trust Him to get us through to the end.

So as you can see, drama can be a good thing in our lives when we look to the Director to guide us and show us how to tweak our performances.  He will give us confidence and an assured path to get us to the next act in the dramas of our lives.  By choosing to follow the Bible as our script for life, we can have a sureness about us as we look to the Director for all of our answers.  We however, cannot ad-lib our lines to fit the skit into our life situations.  We cannot make up things as we go along or deviate from the acts which have already been laid out for us to perform.  By seeking out the Director these mistakes can be avoided and a beautiful display of His handiwork can be seen by many!

What kind of drama will you choose today?  One with a Director who knows the way to a great performance and has already written the words for us?  Or will you take matters into your own hands and write your own skit, hoping it fits into the Directors plan for the performance?