During my teenage and young adult years I enjoyed going out to night clubs. I was in the club every time the doors open. I would hit the dance floor and dance from the moment I entered the club till they cut the lights on and it was time to leave. Many nights when I left the club, I would leave with my clothes soak and wet from dancing so much. I love to dance so much that I was even part of dance groups. We danced and perform on stages, parks, and birthday parties. To add, the dance moves were very provocative at times and I even wore daisy dukes and other skimpy clothes. All I knew was I wanted to be a dancer and be on somebody’s video and just dance all my life. Everywhere I went I was pumped up to dance even by family members. People would always say “that girl can dance!”
One summer I entered a dance contest at Grant Park. The winner would get $1,000. However, I noticed when the competition started every contestant before me really wanted to win that money. They started taking off their clothes and was dancing naked. Well, I thought to myself that I have on the shortest shorts on already, and I can dance better than them… I’m not taking off my clothes. Well, it was finally my turn to hit the stage. I started dancing and after about one minute of dancing the crowd of men noticed I had not started taking off my clothes, so they started booing me. I felt so embarrassed and walked off the stage. I felt like a failure, shame, and a looser at the same time.
However, I often thank God for that day. I left with my dignity. God used “embarrassment” to deliver me. He knew the thoughts and plans He had for my life already! He made it work for my good. I had discovered that the enemy tried to tell me who I was before I knew who CHRIST said I am! The enemy told me I was a “dancer” and I was… I just was NOT his dancer. I was created to dance for Jesus! I call it “false identity.” That was not the real me. The real me was hidden in Christ Jesus.
God said in his word that He knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. So therefore, I was with him already in heaven. I learned the wrong me first here on earth.
To conclude, I still dance now, even until I get soak and wet with sweat. However, I just switched dancing partners. I now dance for Jesus!
Thought to ponder:
Satan is a liar and a deceiver! He studies God’s people and trys to get you to learn the wrong “you” first. He doesn’t want you to know the real “you” that is hidden in Christ. To add, God gave us these gifts and talents for His purpose only. They are to be used to glorify His kingdom.
What gifts and talents do you have?
Are you using them to glorify God?
Action to take:
1. Repent and ask God to forgive you for misusing the gifts and talents He gave you.
2. Ask Him to change your desires and appetite for only the things of God.
Verse of meditation:
Jeremiah 1:5 (NLV)
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Prayer to pray:
Father God thank you for creating me in your own image and likeness. You are a forgiving and “just” God. Please forgive me for not glorifying you with the gifts and talents you placed in me. Help me to honor you with my life. Teach me your ways Lord. Help me to live upright. Show me my purpose here on earth and help me to live it out to the fullest! In Jesus name I pray, amen.