Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dance Every Chance You Get

Dance especially with those you love and those who love you.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 (New International Version)
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance

"Daddy want to see my new dance?" Beautiful words from my daughter. " Well of course," I say. Seeing the joy on her face as she glides across the floor focusing on each step she learned in her dance class just fills me up. I can't wait until the father daughter dance I know will come some day in our future.

I have rarely seen an unhappy person on the dance floor, it is an amazing feeling to let the music coarse through you. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, dancing is an experience that will provide memories for a lifetime.

I have heard many people over the years say I don't know how to dance or I don't like to dance. Well now is the time to learn. You will find the simplest steps still can make you feel wonderful after spending a little time on the dance floor.

My wife and I aren't great dancers but we like to dance. I love to hold her in my arms and see her laugh when I spin her or even when I mess up. We don't go out dancing but we dance at wedding receptions and have pushed back furniture at home, put the right music on and danced in the living room. When there is a dance floor in a bar we are in we dance.

Dancing is a great way to connect with the ones you love. You not only spend some time together but you share a love of the activity. You don't have to be good you just have to dance.

When you are sad and need a pick me up, dancing is a great thing to do. Find your favorite music and just dance and see how it makes you feel.

Life is too short not too. Dance every chance you get. Dance with the ones you love. I do.

Monday, February 20, 2012

I would look for the good qualities in everyone and enjoy them for those.

Every person you meet in life has some experience they can share that will make you a better person.

Jeremiah 1:7 (New International Version)
7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.

I always find it interesting how people judge each other. They make snide comments about other people, stare, laugh at or even ignore others.

 I have been many places and met many people from presidents to homeless men. The one thing I have found is they all have something to share, a moment in their life or experience that you and I can learn from.  Most of us never give them the chance. We look at their clothes, jobs, income and yes most of all their appearance and decide to pass them by.

What if in the one moment you chose not to speak to someone or acknowledge them, you have eliminated the chance to make a new friend or worse yet find an answer you have been looking for all your life. Life can't always be about money, glamour and the life we currently live.

If you do one thing for yourself today work on your people skills. Say hi to someone you don't know. Acknowledge the person you always meet on the corner or call someone you always said you would like too.  It may be surprising what you learn.

Remember you are not doing it for them you are doing it for you.

Friday, February 17, 2012

I would be braver. I still have a lot of things that I could do better. Taking the first step is always the hardest.

2 Samuel 10:12 (New International Version)

Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight."

I still have a lot of things that I could do better. Taking the first step is always the hardest. Being afraid can suck the life out of you.
Fear is a strange and dangerous thing. It only exist in our own mind. We can be in a room full of people and none of them might be afraid of the same things we are.

It is the most dangerous and destructive emotion because it can render a person immobile at the times when they most need to move forward.

I have wrestled with many fears over a lifetime. Being afraid of the dark when I was very young. Being afraid of what others thought of me as I grew older. Being afraid of failure in relationships and business  in recent years. Being afraid that I have grown old and the world has passed me by as I struggle with who I am and what I want to be now that I am all grown up.

The thing I find it hardest to do is give those fears up to God.  Listen to the following song called "Our God" by Chris Tomlin. If you don't want to listen to the whole thing go to the 2:37 minute mark and listen to the lyrics:
And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against us?

This is a lesson I learn over and over again. Telling others what you really think is the hardest thing to do. Do it and you will find a freedom that most people, will never achieve. Do it with kindness but do it and your world will be yours and no one else's to command

I have found there is only one way to be fearless. . A friend recently asked me what do you do when you are afraid of something. I responded I either run and hide or shoot to kill. But the fact is in the past I have done neither one. I have frozen like a rabbit and waited for my fears to finish me off. So what is the real trick to becoming fearless. I have heard many people say face your fears and they will go away. Sometimes that is  just too hard. The best way to become fearless is to come up with a plan to face them. Ask God and others for help and of course follow through with the plan.

So What are you afraid of and how do you plan to deal with it?