Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Are You a "Rejoicer?"

Sure, this dance number is staged, but only the dancers knew about it. I enjoy seeing the reactions of bystanders to what seemed a spontaneous event. It was unexpected in what many probably thought would be another day of the same old routine. It reminded me how important it is that people see the joy in our lives. Not a shallow happiness based in circumstances, but an abiding joy in knowing we're never alone; in knowing that we belong to the Creator of the Universe, not as little creatures of His divine curiosity, but adopted children, beloved for an eternity.

Paul knew this joy, and knew it was vital to our witness when he was inspired to write: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:4-9

Paul makes it clear that "rejoicing" is a command, and that the quality of our lives need to be evident to all, so others may perceive the wonder of God's love and power and mercy and grace... when we're struggling with life, and when we feel like dancing! Notice the reactions of the onlookers. What do people see when they see you "doing" life? Something worth smiling about? Something worth investigating? Something that points them to Christ?

Enjoy the song and dance...and I hope today someone else enjoys the "song and dance" they see and hear in your life!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fabulous!!! I love it!