The theatre of life: Be careful who you allow on your front row!
by Dr. Sharon R. Bonds
If life was a theatre I would advise you to invite your audience selectively and carefully. Not everyone is sacred, holy or healthy enough to have a front row seat in your life. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance and I mean with a long handle spoon.
It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships/familyships/ associateships/friendships/fellowships!
Observe and structure the relationships in your life and those around you. Began to notice and pay attention to: Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth which leads uphill and which ones are leading downhill?
When you depart from and or leave certain people, do you feel better, worse or nothing at all? Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you? If that person is not promoting growth and development in your life….remember to deal with them with a long handle spoon. Association breeds assimilations.
The more you seek God and the things of God -- the more you seek quality, (when the student is ready the master will appear) the more you seek not just the hand of God but the face of God -- the more you seek things that are honorable -- the more you seek growth, development, peace of mind, love and truth around you, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the FRONT ROW seat of your life and who should be moved to the back balcony.
You cannot change the people around you... but you can change the people
you are around! You can not control people around you but you can control your response to their behavior. Ask God for wisdom and discernment and choose wisely the people who sit in the front row of your life. Know that you’re choice not an option!
There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you are committed to something you accept no excuses, ONLY RESULTS."
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