April 25, 2016
Hi, I’m Jim, and welcome to more encouragement and entertainment than you can shake a memory stick at! This week’s theme is dealing with drama in our lives.
God is such a ‘drama king’
In an action/adventure film, the hero never defuses the bomb with one hour to spare. Not even one minute. It’s always less than one second! (And, of course, the agonizing decision as to whether to cut the red or blue wire.)
That’s just good script writing. Ratchet up the conflict to the breaking point, then resolve the imminent, inevitable disaster with just a split second remaining. Or, in the case of Speed, resolve the conflict (hero, heroine and passengers are safely off the bomb-laden bus) and then throw in an entirely new conflict (heroine is now strapped into bomb-laden vest)!
God, the “author and finisher of our faith,” is the ultimate script writer! [Continue reading]
• God is such a “drama king” The sequel (God uses classic fiction formulas in our lives)
Is it a hangnail or hand grenade?
It’s sometimes helpful to put drama into perspective. Is this truly a hand grenade or is it more in the category of a hangnail?
For instance, ask yourself, would I trade this problem in on a hangnail? How ’bout a headache? Harmonica concert? Hernia? Hair loss? Holdup? Hurricane? Hand grenade?
In the grand scheme of life, most “problems” are somewhere between harmonica concert and hernia. But I would have traded some hand grenade shrapnel for the restoration of a broken relationship or miraculous resurrection of a loved one. [Read Is it a hangnail or a hand grenade? from my book, Squeezing Good Out of Bad.]
Cartoon on drama
The life of a writer is filled with drama! Here’s some Hope and humor for writers.
Quips and quotations on a life of drama
Some days you’re the pigeon; some days you’re the statue. Roger Anderson
Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed. Mason Cooley
Hope knows that if great trials are avoided great deeds remain undone and the possibility of growth into greatness of soul is aborted. Brennan Manning
Are you in the midst of a situation where, as you pray, you find yourself putting the problem first? If so, you’re starting where you should end. You’re rehearsing the problem, making it seem larger than it is, when what you need to do is rehearse God’s greatness and bigness. Then the problem shrinks to its right portions. Mark Buchanan
And nothing but our trials and perils would ever have led some of us to know Him as we do, to trust Him as we have, and to draw from Him the measures of grace which our very extremities made indispensable. Difficulties and obstacles are God’s challenges to faith. When hindrances confront us in the path of duty, we are to recognize them as vessels for faith to fill with the fullness and all-sufficiency of Jesus; and as we go forward, simply and fully trusting Him, we may be tested, we may have to wait and let patience have her perfect work; but we shall surely find at last the stone rolled away, and the Lord waiting to render unto us double for our time of testing. A. B. Simpson
Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.
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