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Drama. It’s all around us. Drama in politics. Drama with celebrities. Drama at work, at school, at home. But why? Why does life always seem to be so full of drama?

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Intro:

Groups -
We all have drama. It is all around us. When there is drama in our lives it puts everything that we value in jeopardy. There is so much at stake. Our country… Stop the drama.
We see in social media. Stop the drama.
Ill - Jesus - Stop The Drama
Stopping something is harder than starting something. When something starts and picks up momentum it is difficult to slow down much less stop. If you stop you are weak...
Stopping something takes strength. We want to stop the right things in the right way for the right reasons.
We: Drama is draining, it’s frustrating, its side ways energy.
Solamon
To stop the drama I need to stop comparing
Drama is draining, it’s frustrating, its side ways energy.
God:
Ecclesiastes 4:4 NLT
Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
Ecclesiastes 4:4–8 NLT
Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. “Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.” And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.” I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun. This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing.
Motivated = Driven by competition
Ecc
Chasing = Never accomplish
4 Areas Of Comparison:
Possessions (cars, house, clothes, salary)
Appearance (body, shape, eye, hair)
Performance (job, spouse, parent)
Circumstances (kids, no kids, loved one sick/died)
He saw people determining where they were based on where everyone else was.
They were measuring themselves against other people.
Are we suppose to have no ambition?
Ecclesiastes 4:5 NLT
“Fools fold their idle hands, leading them to ruin.”
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No. Solomon
Ecclesiastes 4:6 NLT
And yet, “Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.”
One open hand with something in it PEACE than to have two hands grabbing for more.
Ecclesiastes 4:7–8 NLT
7 I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun. 8 This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing.
He had no one to leave this to… I can’t enjoy what I have because I’m not CONTENT. I’m working so heard I can’t enjoy life.
Comparing yourself to other people is like chasing the wind. It is meaningless and cause you to be depressed.
There will be someone that has more than you - Possessions, Appearance, Performance, Circumstance. You will also have more than other people. Comparing is depressing.
Comparing Causes...
Pride - I have more. Therefore I’m better.
Resentment - God, you owe me! They don’t deserve that.
Greed - You will want things you can’t afford. Divorce - finances = Drama
envy, drama
The book of James tells us what happens when we compare.
James 3:16 NLT
16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
James
DISORDER - Marital, office, family
EVIL - they wanted Jesus killed because they envied him
Marital, office, family
What or whom am I going to use as my reference point to tell me I’m okay… that I’m doing right?
What is my measuring stick for contentment? Christianity has the solution and the answer. Mankind broke the relationship with God. We enter into this world broken people. Are attempt to fix it by using the wrong measure. Jesus is the reference point.
Colossians 2:6–10 NLT
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. 8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
Ill - Bear, I just have to be faster than you. I just want to have more than you.
10 you are also complete through your union with Christ
HOW TO STOP THE DRAMA -
Run your race.
Hebrews 12:1 NLT
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
Comparison slows you up. Mom and dad teach you kids to run there on race. I can’t run your race and you can’t run my race.
Isaiah 26:3 NLT
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
2. See yourself as god see you.
Colossians 2:10 NLT
10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
you also are complete
I don’t have to see myself as you see me. It’s stupid! I don’t have to measure up to my brother, mother or boss.
I don’t have to see myself as you see me. It’s stupid!
3. Celebrate what God has given others.
When your daughter doesn’t make cheerleading
Romans 12:15 NLT
15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
4. Leverage what God has given you.
You can’t leverage what I have or someone else has. BUT you can leverage what you have.
Galatians 6:4 NLT
4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Give your best not just better than the other guy.
Is this possible? - Yes, you can STOP THE DRAMA.
Video: Struggle (Maybe) This is how you don’t do it.
When you stop comparing you change and drama will stop.
Six questions...
1. Are you tired from trying to keep up?
2. Are you financially strapped from trying to keep up?
3. Are you allowing what others have to keep you from enjoying what you have?
4. Do you enjoy your kids or pressure your kids?
4. Do you enjoy your kids or pressure your kids?
5. Does your spouse feel you don’t enjoy them because you compare them?
6. Is there someone you secretly wish would fail? - is there anything more evil?
James 3:16 NLT
16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
When your reference point is Jesus you have contentment and not comparison. In him you measure up and you are complete. So, when I compare I have more drama and when I’m content the drama stops.
When your reference point is Jesus
First Move:
Next Move:
Proverbs 14:30 NLT
30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.
Proverbs
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