Aloha Friday Message – August 15, 2008 – THEATER!!


Beauty grows where love shows, so spread it around.


Life is a theater – invite your audience carefully. Not everyone is holy enough and healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. 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, friendships, fellowships! Observe the relationships around you.

Pay attention. Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill? When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse? Which ones always have drama or don’t really understand, know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you?

The more you seek God and the things of God — the more you seek quality, the more you seek not just the hand of God but the face of God – the more you seek things honorable — the more you seek growth, 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 and who should be moved to the balcony of your life. You cannot change the people around you…but you can change the people you are around! Ask God for wisdom and discernment and choose wisely the people who sit in the front row of your life.

And remember, theater often takes some supporting personnel to keep things going. Stage hands and stage managers, ticket sales, musicians, roadies, lighting crews, and a host of other helpers. All of them should be compatible with your audience. If they are compatible, even people in the balcony will have a great experience, so wisdom and discernment are also essential for these persons in your life (especially the “roadies”, eh?)

Here’s a little note I put up over my desk. When I find my mind wandering, or know I am being distracted by something other than what I should be doing, this helps remind me to refocus:

Have a wonderful day, a great weekend and go to church Sunday. Many of the people you meet there could be front-row candidates. See you in my theater!

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever — at your service.


The flowers are Rhodedendrons — Rhodies for short!!

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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