Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Dramatic Flair

I’d never done anything like this before.  It wasn’t like me to try out for a part in the high school musical.  But lots of my friends were doing it, so on a whim, I tried out for the small role of Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!  Actually, I think our director already had people in mind for certain parts and he certainly didn’t expect me to try out.  My only consolation that day was that when I read the part (rather dramatically, if I do say so myself), his head shot up as if he were doing a double-take.  But someone with a more dramatic flair got the role of Irene Molloy that day.  And I never pursued the performing arts after that. 

I was reading an article by Rick Renner who gave an explanation of John 10:10.  These three words are used to describe Satan’s intentions with us: steal (klepto), kill (thuo), and destroy (apollymi).  We understand that Satan wants to steal from us.  He’s a kleptomaniac—which is his very nature.  He wants to steal our joy, our dreams—everything good which God has given us.  Thuo is a picture of an animal sacrifice.  Rick explained that if Satan can get us to sacrifice a dream, a vision, a prophetic word, or a word God has spoken to our hearts he has “thuo-d” us.  We have sacrificed something God has spoken to our hearts.   The word for destroy takes it just a step further.  If you lay down a dream and sacrifice it on the altar of rejection, Satan has successfully destroyed a calling God has placed on your life. 

At least Satan wants us to believe it’s completely destroyed.  But we have a redeeming God! The rest of John 10:10 says God came to give us abundant life—life beyond measure—an advantage.  I wouldn't say I dreamed of becoming an actor, but God did give me a flair for the dramatic.  Satan wanted to steal , kill, and destroy it.  But it’s been resurrected...if you ask the kids I teach on Wednesday nights.  

I do believe my grandkids inherited the flair for the dramatic.

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