Sunday, May 16, 2010

Two Stepping with God

I'm sitting outside on the deck this afternoon, its currently 24 Degrees, that's about 75 for you Americans. Its nice, sunny and I am enjoying my Pina Colada. (just to paint a picture for you)

Last night I was doing some pondering, in James. What a great book. Lots going on in there, lots to learn, lots to ponder.

And as I read, I was taken back.

In my younger years, I was quite the dancer....you know before knee surgery, before old age...before.....well....conviction to not be where I wasn't supposed to be. It was fun. I as a regular at a country bar. (I was trying to think of a more Christian name for it, but well there isn't, and that's what it was)

I could swing dance, I could two step, triple two step, I could line dance. There even came the occasion where I was able to teach some line dancing.....boot scootin boogie..... anyway, I digress......

The thing about learning to two step, and if you have learned, you know these words are forever in your head....."quick, quick, slow, slow.....quick, quick, slow, slow."

And that is how you learn to dance. You look into your partners eyes, not distracted by your feet, and in your head, you repeat...quick, quick, slow, slow.

Last night, when reading James, I heard those words once again, however a different variation; a different dance.

James 1:19-20
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

Quick, Slow, Slow. Quick, slow, slow.

How often, are we dancing to a different beat, the beat of anger, and impatience and frustration. How different would our relationships be, if we were to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry? How different would our work places be, if we listened, and spoke only after thinking....and looked at the other persons reasons, before reacting first in anger.

My friends, I think very different.

What is a righteous lifestyle? This I do not know how to explain, I do know that the more time I spend with God, the less I become and the more He increases....in me. The less there is of me, the more of He will be glorified, or so He told me last night. Its humbling, when the Lord of Lords, when the Creator of the Universe, nudges me awake a night, to whisper in my ear. And I am learning to be quick to listen.

And so, as you dance through this day, this week, this life, don't look at your feet, but look up...into your Partners eyes......and repeat quick, slow, slow.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Robyn, thanks for this great encouragement. This is so totally true, the less of me, the more of him. You said it very well about it being a dance, never taking your eyes off of your partner, that reminds me of Peter, the minute he took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at the circumstances he started to sink. Oh Lord, help us to walk in perfect step with you.
    Thanks for this great thought

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