In Others’ Words: Be the Ringmaster
I’ve had a circus theme this week: circus monkeys on Monday, parade elephants on Wednesday. Wrapping up the week, I realized there’s no circus without a ringmaster. And today’s quote speaks a simple truth straight up:
Be the ringmaster. It’s your life.
I googled “What does a ringmaster do?” and got some lengthy explanations, but here’s what I zeroed in on: a ringmaster focused an audience’s attention. A ringmaster directed the action.
How does that apply to you and me?
If I am the ringmaster of my life, then I focus people’s attention . . . I direct my actions … and yes, my reactions.
I know this sounds so, so self-centered. Where is God in all this?
Think about it: The ringmaster isn’t in the limelight all that long. Everything he (or she) says or does points to something or someone else. Something amazing. Spellbinding.
The Greatest Show on Earth, right?
My life, my actions … to say yes to marriage and to family and to writing … all of these focus others’ attentions not on me … but on the reason for my faith. How God has remained faithful in all seasons of my life, my marriage, my family, and as I pursue the dream of writing.
Not to us, LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness (Psalm 115:1NIV)
In Your Words: Just for fun: What’s your favorite circus act? When you hear the charge to “Be the ringmaster. It’s your life.” what’s the first thing you think of — the “center ring” that you want to direct attention to?
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