Our theme for this month: “You Gotta Keep Dancing”
Our Bible verse for today: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God will enable you to keep dancing.”
I’m so grateful to God for all the good examples He has shown me of determined people who refused to give-up. These are people I have actually known, people who had to deal with great adversity but who were determined to live life and to keep dancing. They turned to God, they leaned on Him, they drew their strength and courage and hope from Him, and then they just lived lives to the fullest extent possible under the prevailing circumstances.
There’s a man in our church who, thirty years ago had a massive stroke which left him bedridden. He had to be fed and changed and bathed. Although the doctors expected some level of recovery, they told him he would never walk again. But he refused to accept that diagnosis. He called to God for help and then he asked for a walker. He forced himself out of bed and he learned to walk. Then they told him he would never be able to drive a vehicle again. So he got his car keys, got some help, and learned to drive again. Then they told him he would never be able to work again. So he grabbed his walker and his car keys, drove to some businesses, and found himself a job. That was thirty years ago and he is still walking, driving, and working. Oh, and he is in church virtually every time the doors are open. I’m grateful to know the man and to call him my friend.
I know another man who has a heart condition that will require open heart surgery. The situation is serious. Is he concerned about it? Sure he is. Is he taking the appropriate doctor-suggested precautions to guard his health until he can get the surgery? Yes. Has he given in to fear, refusing to do anything, and living in a protective bubble until then? No. No he isn’t. He has trusted the situation to the Lord, he is taking reasonable precautions, and he is living his life. He goes to work, he serves in his ministry assignments in church, he leads people on outdoor adventures (kayaking trips and motorcycle rides), and he continues to live his life as best he can under the conditions as they are.
I don’t know what your situation is but I do know that if you want to keep dancing the Lord will help you to keep dancing. You don’t have to give-in, give-up, or shut-down. Commit your circumstances and your life to the Lord, resolve to do your best to honor Him in the middle of it all, and then dance.