Fun fact about me: I hate school.

Now, don’t get me wrong–I believe education is important. Please don’t go to your mom and be like “omg mom that blogger who’s christian hates school so I’m not going.” No, that is NOT what I’m saying, sorry gal, go turn your alarm on for 7am for tomorrow.

However, I can’t lie that after my Political Science final, my last of the school year–I walked away from the Baylor campus with a weight lifted from my shoulder. I was free. It felt like High School Musical 2, before they broke out into song when they simple whispered, “summer.. summer…summer.” Except I am not dating Zac Efron, I don’t have Vanessa Hudgen’s legs, and I was walking home with pit stains and out-of-breath, not dancing with 5-star choreography moves carrying a perfect smile… but it was close.

As I packed to head home I got to thinking of the word freedom. The definition of freedom is “the state of not being imprisoned and enslaved”.

Honestly, before I Jesus juke you, I’ll admit, when Christians used to tell me walking with Jesus is freeing I would laugh. Like cool now you “walk” or whatever you do with Christ, and live by those commandments. That doesn’t sound very free. You sound like you gotta continually do a lot in order to get that thing called Heaven. A lot of things that seemed hard.

I mean, isn’t the bible just a book of rules? Don’t you just follow those commandments and just sit and watch Fox News all day? Don’t you just sit back and tweet bible verses and share those annoying “share if you’re a Christian” Facebook pictures?

See, that is all wrong. I had it all wrong in the beginning. The bible isn’t a book of rules, it is a love story with a complementary guide. And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but living for Christ is a dance. You gently follow where He leads you, and gracefully take each step with care. Where He goes you go. Where He leads you follow. And it is both beautiful and breathtaking to both watch and be apart of. You may sweat and it may be challenging at times, but when the dance is over and you replay it, you will notice how each little step you took only added to the beauty of the dance. 

Now, if I am going to be honest with you following Christ is not easy. I struggle to live the life He has called me to, and to always wake up and praise Him for His grace. However, man it is freeing.

And if I’m being honest it is not the freeing as in you can do what you want kinda thing. For me it is freeing because when I’m looking in the mirror and am discouraged with the way I look, I am reminded that I was created in the image of the Almighty Father, and He made no mistake when He handcrafted me. It is freeing because I am no longer enslaved and imprisoned by thinking I am not enough for the world. I am no longer focusing on the world’s standards for who I should be. I am no longer judged by my past mistakes. I am no longer worried about my current circumstances. I am no longer stressed about my future. I am no longer focused on pleasing the world.

I am focused on Christ and dancing with Him.

I AM FREE. 

Because of God’s grace, I will always be good enough for the King of Kings. Because of God’s beauty, I will always be pretty enough for the Prince of Peace. Because of His love, I will always be enough for Jesus Christ. Because of the cross, I am free. 

Dancing with Jesus has forever made me feel free from my insecurities and the world. Living for Christ is not always easy, but when I remember the fact that 2000 years ago a King was dressed as a servant only to be stabbed, bullied and beaten for me to have forgiveness–I remember it is worth it. When I remember that that same King rose from the dead and conquered death, I remember how powerful His mercy is.

Living for Christ is not always easy, but it is freeing. It has saved me from being enslaved to my past mistakes, my insecurity and how un-enough I am for this world. It reminds me that although I am not enough for this world, I am enough for the King of kings– and that is something to celebrate.

Dancing with Jesus is more beautiful than the teacher saying “yes, there will be a curve”, more comforting than Taylor Swift during a breakup, and even more freeing than summer.

So my last question for you is why not? Why not take Jesus’s hand when He asks you to dance? Why not accept the freedom? He is asking you right now to dance with Him.

2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

If you have any questions about Jesus talk to a local church, friend who knows Him or message me on social media. I/ and others currently dancing with Christ would love to share with you about Him.

 

photocredz: MaryBeth McMichael

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Written by Grace Valentine

I love Jesus, diet coke and sunflowers. I wish I lived in the mountains, but love the two states I call home--Louisiana and Texas. I can watch Criminal Minds all day and dream of one day owning an ice cream truck for fun. However, my main goal in life is that more girls will realize the worth they have through Christ Jesus--and with Him and Him only we are enough.

8 comments

    1. Brenda I love that you are sharing this with camp, I work at one and it brings so much joy for young girls to experience God at a camp. Thank YOU for building the Kingdom Brenda God bless and praying for your girls this summer to experience Him in a new way

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  1. Wow, that was beautiful and amazing. I am so glad you posted this. Lately I’ve been thinking about this honestly. Like am I even doing what I’m supposed to do as a Christian? Am I doing this right? This article answered my questions. This is all true. Day by day you dance w the Lord. Your whole dance choreography will have some obstacles trying to figure out a way for a dance move to work. And that is exactly how life is. The Lord is always there and he is dancing w you the whole time. I love how you made this connection. This really helped me a lot. I loved this article. Thank you Grace. God Bless! 🙂

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  2. Hi Grace! I am new to your blog and let me tell you that you are an amazing writer. Your words of wisdom reminds me that the only praise I should seek is His and not the worlds. I enjoy reading your blogs and I know for a fact that you will make a big impact in my life and in my daughter’s. I am 25, happily married, I have 2 beautiful kids, and I am also a student. I’m a medical technician working on getting a business degree. I get discouraged at times because I get overwhelmed with all the responsibilities. Thank you for reminding me what is important. God bless you and thank you for making a difference with your words.

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    1. Awh I love that you gave me a little description of your life 🙂 It connects me more to my readers. Happy late mother’s day sweet Mrs. Elizabeth thank you for reading new friend! God bless

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