For some people, being on the stage show is always become an interesting thing. Bathed by sparkling light and accompanied by a loud of applause is a special satisfaction for them. Cameras are placed on the different side and angle so the cameras could clearly capture and record every detail of their movement and expression.
Well you know, no matter how small mistakes and flaws they have, it will be revealed when they under the spray of lighting, the cameras panned them, and the eyes of audience focused on them. That’s why the stage seems demanding “A perfection” to those who act on the stage. Require high quality of talent, the beauty of costumes, expression, and so on.
“The must perform perfectly” makes a lot of people willing to do the extra effort. They practiced for months, setting up quite big funds for costumes, a strict diet in order to look more attractive, and all other efforts in order to give the best. Well of course they put the big expectation to get a great response.
No doubt! Anyone who stands on the stage will always be the limelight. If they successfully stunning, they will get a great compliments. But if failed, they will get bad scorn.
All that I wrote above is the stage in the real sense. Now please allow me to use the “Stage” term as an illustration in our everyday life.
THE STAGE OF LIFE
In the daily activities every people has their own “Stage”, which is an area or moment where every of their appearance, abilities, and personality can be seen, felt and judged by others. This area or moment could be anything and anywhere such as in the working world, school, college, malls, social organizations, even in the Church services, and others.
God’s word has been telling us that: ”For the Lord does not see as man sees; FOR MAN LOOKS AT THE OUTWARD APPEARANCE, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b) The easy thing that could draw people attention is what is emblazoned in the front of their eyes, whether it is good or bad.
As a performer on the stage, many of us today when will, ongoing, or after doing something, thinking about what others think about us.
If they thought I am a great worker?
Whether according to my friends I am a nice person? If I do this thing, whether they will think I am snob?
Whether the congregation thinks that my ministry is tremendous?
Does anyone see when I was do something wrong?
Whether my today looks is so impressive?
And so on…
Nobody wants to look bad in the other’s eyes. It is be the impetus for us to trying hard to make the best performance. Is it wrong? No! God has conferred us a life. God provides valuable opportunities to work and serve Him. All that things are an entrusted moment that has given by God so that we could reflect His glory and blessing. Certainly we have to give our best and not to be carelessly in order not to be a stumbling block.
The problem is for WHO and for WHAT we do everything? For self-gratification, compliment, be loved by many people, got a promotion, is considered as a good and godly person, respected, or….??
FOR THE LORD
And WHATEVER you do, do it heartily, as TO THE LORD and NOT TO MEN. (Collosians 3:23)
There is a big difference between doing to God and to man. If we did everything to God, then we would certainly prefer the favor of God instead of human assessment. If our motivation is to God, then we will be more focused on what is seen by God, namely HEART us, and not just pursue all things that look dazzling in the human’s eyes.
Many people, even Christians, ignore their hearts in order to get a positive assessment from the human. Jesus gave an example someone who did worship with TO BE SEEN BY MEN motivation. And Jesus called them a hypocrite (Matthew 6:5).
Look at how something is good and right in the eyes of man are not necessarily good and right in the Lord’s eyes. Why? Once again, because man see what is in the front of their eyes, But GOD SEES THE HEART. Something right if done with the wrong heart attitude will be wrong in the God’s eyes. So what we should do to not get stuck in it?
INTEGRITY AND UPRIGHTNESS
Let INTEGRITY and UPRIGHTNESS preserve me, For I wait for You. (Psalm 25:21)
This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense TOWARD GOD AND MEN. (Acts 24:16)
We must build our lives in integrity and uprightness according to the standard of God’s word. Build a life without pretense and ulterior motives. What appears on the outside should be the same as what is inside. What is not seen should be the same with is seen. Our Actions and attitudes should reflect what is in our hearts and not “act” in order to get the applause and recognition.
Our actual “Value” is not when we are acting on “the stage of life” but when we are in the behind “The closed curtains” and there is no one see us.
As a stage show:
When the show is over…
When lighting has been turned off…
When the camera is no longer on..
When attention is no longer focused on us…
Do we still have a heart GIVING THE BEST in all things?
Are we still behave, and do the best just like when we seen?
WHEN THE SHOW IS OVER, DO WE STILL BE THE SAME PERSON AS WHEN WE WERE ON STAGE??
All is back to the true heart. “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverb 4:23) A godly heart would bring forth a godly life. The sacred heart will bring forth the holy life, etc.
Let’s give the best in integrity and uprightness. Not in order to get a positive appreciation of other people and not for the benefit of ourselves, but for God and for God alone. As David’s prayers, let us allow the Holy Spirit to examine and evaluate our inner thoughts and motives in our deepest hearts and minds, so that we always walk in God’s truth.
Examine me, O Lord, and test me! Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! (Psalms 26:2 NET)
For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth. (Psalms 26:3 NKJV)
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Amen! Thank you very much for reading my guest post. God bless.
You are most welcome and God bless you too.
Wow, karina, you melted me
Thank you for reading my guest post. I encourage you to visit and follow the author of this post 🙂 God bless.
Being a teacher of acting, this is especially profound to me. I like to tell my students that it isn’t about one person shining above all others – it’s a team effort. That’s how it should be in life as well. All that we do on earth is for God. When we work together for Him, we can accomplish greatness. Thank you for putting this in terms that are understandable. Great post!
Dear sis Kathy. .
Thank you very much for very insightful response on this post. I do agree with you. “When we work together for Him, we can accomplish greatness. Thank you for reading my guest post. I encourage you to follow Sella irene’s blog.. thank you and God bless.
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In the past I had done some stage acting and it is an excellent illustration about life. It is a great question to ask ourselves as to who are we acting for? Whose praise do we really want?
The motives behind our actions often speak very loud. Thanks for sharing.
Dear brother in Christ,Tom
Thank you very much for the great comment. I do agree with you, we have to always thinking to whom we will acting for, and to whom our praise will lift up. Thank you for your great response. God bless 🙂
I remember how much it looks like having people get our approval and how sorry when God doesn’t approve our fleshy product. . . It’s like a peacock only displaying it’s beauty but inside it’s proud. God sees beyond it’s beautiful feathers. He sees it’s proud inside. Thanks Karina. Great post.
Dear Brother Samuel,
Thank you very much your great insight,brother. Your comment will be my personal reflection. Thank you and God bless.
Thank you for giving me inspiration to God
Hello dear Cristel Jean, thank you for read this post and nice comment. May God bless you
Hello Cristel Jean
You are much welcome 🙂 Thank you very much for visiting, reading , and commenting by guest post. God bless.
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Dear brother in Christ, Rudy.
Thank you very much 🙂 God bless.
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Karina, your words always massage ones heart spiritually…so soothing and genuine. Your ministry inspires many dear sister, as you are a treasured spiritual gem. I share not for myself, otherwise I would not do it. But I share to glorify and share what He has done for me. I do not want anything in return for I have all I need beside me each within his eternal blessings of grace and love. If only one is touched by the message in one of my poems, would not the angels in heaven rejoice, because that little seedling might inspire one to seek Gods love. You inspire me every time you share for we are one with the Lord spiritually. Here is a poem for you dear sister and may your weekend be abundantly blessed for you and your family!
Sustain me Lord
Give to me those
things I do need
Help me to overcome
those things which
might hinder our
Changing my heart
as needed and always
filling it with our warmth
That I may be to others
what you have been to
me…a consistent and
Sustain me Lord and
cultivate me with
Your loving hand
Help me to grow
that I may be more
‘productive’ for you.
Dear brother in Christ Wendell. .
Ooh what a great honor to me you wrote a wonderful poem special to me… well, may I share your poem to my blog? So let the world will be blessed by your poem. Let me know about it, brother. Thank you very much for the beautiful poem. Actually, this post written by my sister in Christ, Sella Irene. She is a great poem writer too..once again Thank you and God bless you 🙂
Amen Sister in Christ Jesus-Yeshua Karina!! 😀
Love ❤ Always and Shalom Everyone,
Amen! Thank you dear sister in Christ, Kristi Ann. God bless
Good word! I am always encouraged when I read God’s Word through you and Sella Irene 🙂
Thank you very much for always reading my posts..God bless you 🙂
Karina, you are doing a wonderful job. God bless the work of your hands.
Thank you very much 🙂 many blessings to you.
You are welcome 🙂 God bless.
Not only you but your guests are eloquent, Karina. Love, A. ❤
Dear sister Anna
Thank you very much, sist 🙂 God Bless