This message might be a bit hard to swallow for those of you who struggle with perfectionism.
I should know.
For years, I was a card-carrying member of the Performance-Based Acceptance Association.
I thought I had to “do life” perfectly in order to feel beautiful.
That kind of thinking is doomed to failure because we all mess up.
In fact, what I would classify as “my worst sins,” were committed after I accepted Christ.
I recently bought a wall hanging, the same wall hanging I wrote about in my post, “How to Make Your Stumble Part of the Dance.”
It hangs on my wall quietly until Jesus directs my attention to it, reminding me once again, “Kim, when you stumble, make it part of the dance.”
That’s when I breathe a sigh of sweet relief, smile, thank Him once again for His amazing grace, and let Him sweep me off my feet in this beautiful (not perfect) dance called “new life in Christ.”
Have you stopped enjoying your dance with Him because you feel like you’ve stepped on His toes one too many times?
If so, why don’t you lean in and listen to these tender Whispers from your perfect Dance Partner today:
“My love, in this dance called ‘new life in Christ,’ you may be wondering what to do when you stumble, interrupting the flow of My grace.”
“You were dancing so well, resting in My arms and enjoying My leading.”
“What caused you to stumble?”
“I’ll tell you.”
“You were tripped up the moment you took your eyes off Me and put them on your feet, trying to make sure you were getting all the steps ‘right.'”
“Even though that seemed like the proper thing to do, it only made you to stumble more.”
“And all of those missteps and mess ups ultimately caused you to stop enjoying your dance with Me.”
“This simply will not do!”
“This dance with you was the joy set before Me while I endured the cross.”
“My stunning bride, when (not if) you stumble in this dance, you have a choice to make.”
“You can keep looking at your feet—wasting precious time—or you can put your attention squarely on My loving gaze and allow Me once again to sweep you off your feet. “
“Can you hear the background music?”
“They are playing our song!”
“It’s called the ‘Song of the Lamb.'”
“The song of grace.”
“When you entrust yourself entirely to My leading, the gorgeous expression of our dance on this earth will be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and righteousness.”
“That’s when you will once again enjoy wondrous delight in our dance.”
“And that, My love, is the greatest desire of My heart!”
Dear reader, have you let your stumbles interrupt your enjoyment of your dance with Christ?
Inspired by 1 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; 5:7; Colossians 3:2; Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 4:8; Galatians 5:17; Proverbs 14:12; 16:25; 1 Timothy 6:17; James 3:2; Revelation 15:3; John 2:24; 1 Peter 2:23; Galatians 5:16, 22–25; Hebrews 12:11.
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Until next time,
Live Christ—Live Happy!
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