There is no question but that life can be full of something of the kind of drama found in soap operas. There may always be someone who is the naysayer in unhelpful ways. Perhaps subtly or not so subtle. There may be someone who wants to be in charge, in control, and may want to see your downfall.
When we see this, we need to take it to God in prayer. And we need to ask God and ourselves, just how we might figure into the problem.
Our goal should be to do well, no matter what is put up against us, or no matter what happens. To do well by what the Lord says.
That means we must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. All in the context of seeking to follow the Lord. That we will remain “stand up” and true in the way of Jesus.
What is also needed is the sense of the long haul. Too often we see what is right before us, in our face. We think of the immediate problems or situation, and we flinch. We want the problem solved now. But we need to learn to wait, and simply do well. To be true to the Lord, and his will no matter what, through thick and thin.
Oftentimes when we don’t do well, we fail, not because we don’t know better, but because we give in to the temptation to try to take matters into our own hands, to try to solve the problem ourselves. And we fall into the devil’s trap.
Instead let’s remain true to the Lord, loving him with all our being and doing, and loving our neighbor as ourselves, as well as our enemies. Together in Jesus in and for the world.