I don’t know if it’s just a girl thing or if it’s from living in a house with two teen girls, but when I hear voices starting rise and a story being told, I’ve just got to know what’s going on.
My daughter, Mariah, came home from work last night and immediately plopped on the couch. Though I was in the kitchen getting dinner ready, I could tell by her tone of voice, something had gone on at work. I couldn’t just stand there flipping burgers! I had to get in the other room and hear her tale.
Sometimes, especially when it comes to our kids, hearing the story is exactly what we need. Hearing what happened at school that day or at ball practice keeps us in the loop with our kids and their lives.
But you know, many times, we don’t need to hear the latest, because when we do, our peace just slips away.
There have been times when I have had to go on a drama diet. I have had to make choices to block that person from Facebook, not go into the lunch room at noon or stay in my bedroom when I hear voices rising.
Instead, I have had to go after peace.
David gives some great advice on how to go after peace:
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14
It begins with turning from evil.
Then we’re to go after peace. We need to go after safety, wholeness, and well-being as this verse implies in Hebrew.
Are you used to knowing what’s going on or being in the know? Maybe it’s time to turn around and head the other direction.
Here are some practical steps to take:
1) Avoid places where drama starts. At work, that might be in the break room. For our kids, it might be a certain lunch table.
2) Stay off Twitter or Facebook when conversations are getting heated (for me, that was after the debate last Thursday!)
3) Turn away from conversations when the drama is heating up. Literally, leave the room.
Refuse to be the girl with the gift of stirring up trouble. Go on a drama diet!
Have you ever needed a drama diet? What steps have you had to take to run hard after peace in your life?
Congratulations to the winner from Friday’s post with my special guest Brenda Warner: K Pickett for the tickets to Women of Faith in Charlotte and Laura Davis for the Warner’s book “First Things First”. Please email me your full name and address at: Lynn@LynnCowell.com and I’ll get those out!