I had a friend who got married. She told me about a young girl who felt bad dancing at her wedding because she thought God called us to not dance.
I laughed. She laughed. But then I got scared.
Is this what people think Christianity is supposed to be like?
But I doubt she’s the only one who thinks when one is a Christian you’re called to sit still, look pretty, and pretend to have it all together. Your bible has to be highlighted and your reputation has to be pristine. AND DON’T YOU DARE JUMP AROUND TO THE ANY SONG BY DRAKE!! No kiki challenge for you, you believer!!!
But really… when did Christians become so dang LAME?
Because truth be told — I’m over lame Christians.
I know that’s aggressive… but truth be told– JESUS NEVER NEVER CALLED US TO BE LAME.
Here’s the deal: if dancing causes you to sin — don’t dance. But the truth is I am a firm believer that Jesus called us to the opposite of a lame life. Jesus called us to adventure and to be the one who is a light in the room. Being obedient does not mean you have to be lame.
One of my favorite passages involves a group of men who had a friend who was ill. They wanted to get to Jesus so bad, because they knew He could heal their friend. So what did they do? They waited in line and followed the rules and slowly approached Jesus.
That would be typical but these men were chasing after Jesus with full-faith. So they did some atypical. They made a hole in the roof and lowered their friend down. Their friend was healed and His sins were forgiven.
Listen y’all: I used to think Christianity was about pretending to be perfect, sitting still, and not dancing. I was scared to actually be obedient to Jesus because I thought it would be lame. I knew some lame Christians and I didn’t want to live a life like them. I wanted to dance at the wedding and I wanted to have adventure.
But when I actually fell heads-over-heels for Jesus I realized something crazy: our lives are filled with more adventure when we follow the One who gave us life. When we dance with Jesus, and follow His lead step by step, we not only create something beautiful… we create something FUN. Something that makes the distractions of the world seem lame.
Maybe we as Christians should spend more time carving holes in walls to get people to Jesus. That sounds more fun than sitting still. I’m not saying you have to be the one dropping it low at the wedding, but never ever think following Jesus means you have to miss out on joy and adventure.
Now real talk: there’s some things Christians do that the world calls lame. Like waiting for sex for marriage and maybe not being the one dancing on elevated surfaces taking 10 shots. But having been someone who like many has struggled with desiring things from this world, I can promise you one thing: Jesus’s will is better than temporary desires. And following His lead creates a more adventurous life than the ones you see in the world.
Obedience isn’t easy. But when you obey your Savior, you have a joy-filled life. When you obey Him, it won’t always be easy but man it will be worth it. It will be worth it because obedience leads to adventure. Obedience leads to climbing on roofs for those you love and dancing with your sweet Savior.
Let Jesus take the lead and don’t be afraid of dancing at weddings. You do you but never think following Jesus means you have to miss out on adventure. I’m a firm believer the greatest adventure is falling in love with your first love.
And if you ever invite me to your wedding I’ll probably be the first on the dance floor. Who needs a plus one???
“On one of the days while Jesus was teaching, some proud religious law-keepers and teachers of the Law were sitting by Him. They had come from every town in the countries of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was there to heal them. Some men took a man who was not able to move his body to Jesus. He was carried on a bed. They looked for a way to take the man into the house where Jesus was. But they could not find a way to take him in because of so many people. They made a hole in the roof over where Jesus stood. Then they let the bed with the sick man on it down before Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.””
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PEACE + BLESSINGS.
xoxo- your honorary best friend, grace valentine