(P thought he was blackmailing me by taking pictures. He has yet to learn I have no shame.)
I was tempted to check the score or to look left and right at how those dancing with me were doing--but all of that required taking my eyes off the one who was leading my dance, which resulted in disaster. I could not perform my part AND keep track of everyone else. I had to stay focused and just dance.
I was reminded that taking months off from working out does make a difference at 40 by the burning in my shoulders. Who knew a Wii game could be a legit middle aged work out? But there was a more basic message, one that seems especially important to me as I stand on the edge of 'life as I know it' and a venture into a new chapter. Lately my moves feel as awkward and clumsy as a middle aged Mama trying to dance to hip hop. :)
In life we have parts to play, different moves choreographed by the same Father, meant for an ultimate purpose that we don't usually understand in the moment. Sometimes our movements are in unity with those around us...and other times we are called to step out and do something different.
To perform our role with excellence, we must avoid the temptation to look around, keep track of the score or compare ourselves to the people around us. We must keep our eyes on our guide.
"Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it." Colossians 4: 17
May we fix our eyes on Him, trust Him as He leads us one move at a time and, as cheesy as it sounds, just dance.