Ok. So…I have to admit that I have become a Season 18 Dancing With the Stars junkie. Since my cable company removed the weekly programs from their “On Demand” menu a few weeks ago, I have resorted to watching the various cast members’ dance routines on Youtube — both on my computer and on my phone. I could spend hours watching them all, and then I discovered there are gazillions of interviews from the after show as well. I’m in heaven. Well, not really, but I do enjoy all that stuff. I think I’m starting to feel like a stalker. Juuuussst Kiddding!
Alright, enough about me. Is there anyone else out there who loves to watch this stuff like I do? The idea of dance to express oneself, to dance skillfully, seemingly effortlessly is just an exhilarating feeling, I would imagine. It makes me smile just to watch them create magic for all of us in the television audience. I literally sat with a big, goofy grin on my face every Monday night throughout the entire season!
There were times of fun, comedic dance routines, some were dramatic, some romantic, but it was all there. Anything you could ask for. And I think this season, more than any other, was not so much about the end goal of winning the Mirror Ball Trophy, but the life journeys, lessons learned, personal growth of each of the participants, the relationships forged with all of the cast members and celebrities. You could actually feel that they were all pulling for each other to be successful. A very uplifting season.
Ok, that’s great on TV and for professional entertainers, but how does that correlate to the “real” world? I mean we actually live 24/7 with our own warts, failings, short comings, inability to dance through this life as successfully as we would like. And, let’s face it. We have an end goal so much greater than the “plastic” Mirror Ball Trophy! Our end goal is eternal life, Heaven, Jesus.
One of the things I have come away with while watching Dancing With The Stars this particular season is that the overall feeling of the show seemed to have changed from previous seasons. There were several cast changes that might have helped and there seemed to be a more positive outlook altogether. The pros and celebrities all seemed to be more open and able to express their real frustrations, to show themselves as real human beings with the same issues we might have under the same pressurized situations.
How does that relate to those of us mere mortals? Most of us already know that in order to have a more successful life in general, we must get rid of negative influences in our lives, which may include changing or eliminating certain groups or individual people from our sphere of influence. Certain activities we participate in may be harmful and are keeping us from being positive and ultimately having success in our lives. Our own attitudes of cynicism, prideful arrogance, anger, skepticism, unbelief, and so forth must be first recognized and then eliminated if we are ever to make good progress in our lives. This is definitely true for the Christian.
Our Heavenly Father says we are to walk by faith, just like He does. What does that entail? Wow..what a question! In part, I think it means that even if we don’t understand, we are willing to trust, have confidence in, rely on His love for us to bring what He has already said in His Word to pass in our lives. As if it’s already happened. Because, in reality, in the spiritual realm, it already has.
How to walk by faith is sort of a loaded question, but really it’s just a matter of trust. Just like on DWTS, the celebrities are trusting their pro partner to teach them step by step and they learn to have confidence in them to catch them during a trick or a lift and to help them make it look effortless and beautiful to all who are watching. Yes, it takes hard work and much time and effort, but the end result is so worth it!
Have you ever thought about dancing with God? The Grand Ballroom is waiting…full of angels and those who have gone on before us to watch as you glide effortlessly across the golden floor with Him. He will catch you, He will help you. After all, He lovingly created you.
Come on in to the Ballroom. Let’s dance!