Happy New Year! I can’t believe that 2019 is gone and we are here in 2020. It seems like it was just yesterday that it was the year 2000. Remember the panic and unknown certainty of entering the 2000’s. Guess what it’s 20 years later and we are still here! PTL.
There was a pretty popular song 20 years ago entitled “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. The premise was all about taking a chance and not wasting your time on wondering or settling, but to get up and in this instance dance.
As we shift and move in this new season, new decade, new year; my prayer is that we all get up and DANCE. Life is but a brief moment and chances and opportunities to change the world for the better is an ever extending invitation to dance.
No longer look or mimic the dance steps of someone else. Move, sway, and uplift others by your own unique God-given rhythmic beat. Smile, laugh it off when you miss the beat and get up and try again.
The world is waiting for you to add to the rhythm of the nations. The heartbeat of the earth that reminds us of an ever-lasting Creator God that is still creating, dancing, and breathing the NEW in each one of us.
So this year in the midst of all your planning and prepping to make it a better year, don’t forget to DANCE. Twirl, step, twerk if need be (lol), just don’t sit there and let life pass you by. So when you get the opportunity to try something new, to break out of your comfort zone, and maybe even prance outside the “norm” into the extraordinary, I Pray You Dance.
“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Will Never Hurt Me.”
18th Century Adage
This childhood adage is one of the most ridiculous falsehoods some of us learned on the playground. Now I completely understand that the sentiment was to disregard the taunts and jeers of those trying to bring you down. However if you literally think about it, sticks and stones actually do break bones and words can for sure cause problems at times.
Words are powerful. Words carry weight. Words can heal. Words can hurt. Everyday we share thousands of words with other people. In this regard it is critical that we are careful with what we say and how we use our words. Words have meaning and can carry and tarry with folks.
Think of a time when someone said something to you that meant so much. Think of a time when someone said something to you that was extremely unpleasant. In either instance, words made an impact for either good or bad.
As we approach the last 42 days of 2019, let us remember the words that we use. Let us use our words to bring hope and not hurt. Let our words bring cheer and not criticism. Let our words heal the wounds of the sticks, stones, and words that have hindered us. Use your words wisely, words have power.