Jan's in Crisis Mode Again

My husband and I recently binged on The Brady Bunch. We watched the entire series, one groovy episode at a time.

Don't judge. 

There isn't much on television these days I can watch without feeling like I need a soul-cleansing afterwards. The Brady's are where it's at. All problems are solved with a moral lesson by the end of the show. 

Come to think of it, 2017 could use some Brady Bunch morality.

The one thing that stuck with me while we indulged was how often Jan found herself distraught. "Jan's in crisis mode again," I'd say, while rolling my eyes. Her character grated on my nerves. She. Drove. Me. Crazy.

I don't know if she's the classic example of Middle Child Syndrome, but nothing ever went right for her. She'd start out thinking she would excel at something, be the best one in her family, and her dreams would be crushed again as she ended up humiliated and went straight into crisis mode.

How often are we like that? We are never satisfied with what's in front of us, instead we agonize about the next big thing. Instead of taking today for what it is, we worry about tomorrow. There was a time in our ministry when I learned to avoid people who were like Jan. Always running up to me with their latest dramatic happening. I've since learned that these types thrive on the attention their drama produces. My Jan never seemed satisfied until she'd told everyone her story. 

Jan was also never happy for the achievements of those around her. When she should have been congratulating Marsha for the #MarshaMomentOfTheWeek and celebrating with the family, she went into crisis mode and complained. Her jealousy was apparent. 

Instead of constantly comparing herself to her older sister she should have looked for what made her unique, what her talents were, and focused on that. In short, Jan should have stayed in her own lane. Nothing good can happen when we intently focus on those around us, making their success a thorn in our hearts. We need to rejoice when good things happen to others, especially in Christian circles. We (Christians) should never allow Satan to trip us with comparison or jealousy. 

Who are you? When people see you coming do they say, "Jan's in crisis mode again," or are they anticipating hearing the good things you're about to say?

The world is full of Jan. Be different. Be the light. 


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