Ever found yourself dancing alone? Ever enjoyed dancing with others but you got caught up in your moves only to wake up to realize you have danced yourself solo? What about being in a place where you didn’t see you, but you saw others. You wanted only to please Him, the Greater He. Well, according to Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”, but then you happened and caused you to lose sight of others.
You have now become so consumed with you that you have lost sight of those who were there for you. You know the ones that pushed you to continue dancing when you wanted to quit. Now you have danced yourself into isolation just you and Him, or so you think. Unbeknowing to you, many have their hands extended, but you are no where to be found. You are busy dancing alone.
Quite recently, after He had caused me to dance, I had found myself in a self-absorbent place. Do you realize that regardless of where we are in Him, if we are not careful we can lose focus and become consumed with ourselves?
A dear friend of mine had asked me to pray for her as she prepared for surgery. She is someone that I could call on when I need to be encouraged. She is the most selfless person I know. I have never heard her complain or make a situation solely about herself. She’s always in place to serve others.
This particular day I had planned to leave early for coffee, and then I had planned to have my nails done. It wasn’t until I was ordering my coffee that I remembered my friend, and she was having a procedure at that same time I was ordering my coffee. I couldn’t help but to see only myself. It was as if God had placed a mirror in front of me and with only a glimpse I saw what I had become. A self-absorbed fool. I didn’t like what I had seen.
Then I saw my sister. I was reminded of her faithfulness to others and how she was always there for me. When I saw her, I saw what was lacking in me. I believed I was happy, but I was happy only doing me. I took no thought of her and assuring that she was taken care of. I saw myself with a perfectly planned day without a thought of my friend. But I guess there was “a good part” of my plans because I had planned to spend the rest of my day communing in prayer with Him. Yes, I had planned to spend the rest of the day with just Him and no one else.
When He allow me to self-reflect, I didn’t like what I had seen. He reminded me of the book of Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” “Even He the Son of Man” came to be a slave for all. This was satisfying for me. My desires were no longer important. All I could think about were ways to make things better for her.
I leave with you these questions to ponder: When you look in a mirror what do you see? Is it someone that God is pleased with? Are you seeing you or do you see what He sees?
If you are just seeing you, know that He’s not pleased with what He’s seeing. It pleases Him when you serve others. We are serving Him, when we serve others. You know “That which you have done unto the least, you have done unto me,” Matthews 25:40. Don’t get so caught up in Him until we don’t realize that we have done it alone, and we have danced ourselves solo that He is no longer our partner. We have done it alone!
When we look in the mirror it should be a reflection of Him. It pleases Him when we extend our hands to others to join us on the dance floor. Be careful to not get caught up in your moves that you forgot about your partners around you. They will be some that might lose their footage. They might be others that will get tired, and they will need your push. There could very well be some that might trip, and they may need you to help them back on the dance floor.
Don’t lose yourself in dancing, while you’re thinking that you are dancing with Him only to realize you have danced yourself away from Him. It is only when you are dancing with others that you are dancing with Him. He is pleased when He sees His children dancing together. He’s truly the best dance partner. Just let Him lead the dance in serving others. For it is more fun and pleasing to dance with others. It is not too late; so, grab a hand and enjoy the dance together! Dance in His word with others and take others with you because that pleases Him!
Keep dancing in The Word!