What exactly is “drama”? Well, that’s hard to define because drama can take many forms, from simple to complex. One thing I have noticed is that drama often involves some common traits: gossip, people, silly problems, and/or weird problems.
Do you have people in your life that are just “drama causers”? We all do. How do you think they cause drama so easily? Maybe they “poke” at people, like kind of start an argument but not really. Maybe they are a “woe is me person”. You know…the person that never has anything go right for them, but present it in a way that is different than complaining. No matter how they do it, they somehow find a way to instigate drama.
Now, let’s get a little more personal: do you find yourself as someone who is a “drama causer”? You easily could be. Maybe you don’t do it on purpose, but the result can still be the same. If you are a drama causer, or have friends that are, then drama probably somehow “follows” you. Of course, there’s not a “cosmic force” out there that attacks people with drama. Normally, people either knowingly or unknowingly bring it upon themselves.
So, what can we do to avoid drama? Obviously, we can do the OPPOSITE of most things that we have just talked about. We can seek out “anti-drama”. “What is ‘anti-drama’?” you ask. I see “anti-drama” not as the absence of drama, but the presence of peace. I also envision “quiet”. How great is the sound of no drama!
In 1 Thessalonians 4:11, Paul writes to “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you”. Did you get that? It should be your goal or ambition to lead a quiet life. We are to avoid drama because that is a demonstration of our love for our Christian brothers and sisters. If that’s not a reason to avoid drama, I’m not sure what is!
Now, let’s be clear: problems in life are not drama. It’s important to understand the difference. Everyone has problems. Everyone’s opinion of what a “problem” is is generally different, but everyone has them. It’s how we deal with those problems and our reactions to the problems that determine the dramatics.
So, be careful about being around people who just seem to be “drama people”. And if you find YOU are a “drama person”, then work on that “quiet life”.