Does it seem sometimes like life is a party and everyone but you is having a good time? While others seem to dance through life, you keep finding yourself on the sidelines or dancing with the wrong partner. This article will help you get back to dancing with the best partner ever and you will find joy again by letting Jesus have the lead.
We were never meant to be alone and I’m not talking about needing a spouse here. God created us to have relationship with Him and His Son, Jesus, who loves to celebrate life with His creation. The scriptures are full of joyful celebrations and dancing. It saddens God to see one of his daughters left out and struggling to find reasons to be happy. He longs to take us by the hand and show us how to find joy again, but first He must teach us how to dance.
Is your life like mine, marked by too many sad stories, too many bad choices? Does your heart look like someone is using it for target practice?
Starting in early childhood, I was ridiculed for the way I looked. I was skin and bones with a fair, freckled complexion. I didn’t go on a date until I was a senior in high school. My parents divorced after 30 years of marriage leading to the sudden death of my dad 6 months later. I wrote in my journal, “My dad died today of a broken heart.” I was only 16. I have also been through the heartache of miscarriage and divorce, and the debilitating stress of financial ruin, just to name a few. As a single mother of 3 with a boatload of self-loathing, I set out on a mission to prove to the world that I was worthy of a man’s love. I took as my mantra what another troubled friend told me after my divorce, “You gotta go out there and use men before they have the chance to abuse you.” Without going into detail, you can only imagine the places that led me. Because of my own choices and the damage caused by others who hurt me, I became a very miserable young woman. An older and much wiser friend said to me one day with all the love he could muster, “Darlene, if you don’t get rid of that bitterness and anger, it will eat you up like a cancer.”
Don’t Accept The Devil’s Substitutes.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Recently, God spoke to me about one very devious way the devil works in the lives of Christians. It has to do with us experiencing an authentic heart-changing life versus a fake and lifeless substitute, or another way of saying it is God’s designer life versus the devil’s knock-off. The devil understands there are some who will pay the price for authenticity and others who will settle for a cheaper version. If he can’t stop us from becoming a Christ-follower, he will try and get us to buy into his substitute for all things spiritual.
We see this played out everyday in the marketing world as advertisements try to entice us to buy the latest and greatest things. Because of a need to impress and keep up with the Joneses, people go into heavy debt buying the more expensive designer clothing or the latest name-brand item on the market. A few months ago I fell for this when I bought into the overrated hype of the Yeti cup. I spent $30 when I should have spent $9.74 for an Ozark Trail cup that works just as well. Afterward, I swore not to ever fall for those advertising gimmicks again. Yeah, right!