From my journal – minimal editing.
My kids have been dancing lately, whenever some upbeat music comes on. It started at Chuck E Cheese’s when there was a blue scren and video system that would project the kids’s image onto the background. They were delighting in seeing themselves moving in response to the music and I was delighting in their delight. I grabbed out my phone and shot a video of them dancing because I felt like it meant something. It seemed special but I didn’t know why.
Reading Patti Digh’s book Life is a Verb tonight made me realize what it was. They were dancing without judgment. Not even SELF judgement! How remarkable is that? Quite!
Almost every grown-up I’ve ever met, when confronted with a video of themselves has one of a couple different responses: They begin apologizing or excusing away some supposed offense, usually involving skin or hair or voice or clothes. They begin analyzing mistakes and ways to improve and the need for better lighting or more high tech microphone.
OR they simply cringe as though in agony and beg you to make it stop. Turn it off. Don’t look, they say.
Not so with my children. At the end of song they crowded around the monitor pointing at themselves and shouting in shared glee. Why?
Because they are embracing the freedom that comes from a lack of judgment. Perhaps this is why Scriptures warns us, “Judge not lest ye be judged” because Christ came to set us free. Remember?
The comment in Patti’s book about how it’s impossible to judge someone else without also judging yourself is spot on. My kids danced in freedom because they weren’t judging eachother. They weren’t judging themselves. They weren’t focused on that…they were focused solely on the dance.
Do you remember the freedom of perfect confidence that children have? The confidence that walked up to the Lord Himself during the middle of “an important sermon” because of a desire to be near the Lord.
The confidence that points at the reflection of your dancing self and says “There I am!” with total delight.
The confidence that lifts its arms to the Father for a hug, never doubting that comfort awaits.
Dance before the Lord. Like no one’s judging – not even yourself.
When’s the last time you’ve done that? Why do we forget how?
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