Sunday Blessings

05 February 2012

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Jesus saith unto her, "Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." — John 4:21-25
As a dancer, I often feel pressured to be perfect. This pressure does not originate from those around me — we go to a very faith-based dance studio where gossip, strife, and competition are discouraged and our focus is to be on glorifying Jesus above everything else — but from myself. I am a perfectionist by nature, and I cannot help but worry myself over not doing things perfectly, over not being perfect myself. Whenever I do not rise to these self-imposed and practically-unreachable standards, I feel greatly discouraged, as if I have just let the whole world down. 

This convicted me just a short while ago, because I realized that I was not putting the focus of dance where it belongs. Instead of giving my all and worshiping the LORD, I was focusing on the deficiences of my performance and on every slight error. I had taken the important task of noticing mistakes and fixing them a step too far. And I was constantly worried that others were critiquing and mocking me. 
People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues. — Elizabeth Gaskell
As Miss Gaskell's quote above points out, this "humility" can actually be a form of pride. To believe that you are so often in the minds of others, that your faults are as obvious to them as they are to you is arrogant. I analyzed every little bit about myself, and I believed that others were doing the same. And throughout this entire process, I was not only losing my love of dance, but I was missing the true point of  w o r s h i p. 

worship |ˈwər sh əp|nounthe feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for God

The whole point of worship is not to focus on you but on the One Whom you are worshiping! So often we worry that God will find us inadequat that we lose the concept of true worship. A believer who is worshiping the LORD cannot put a thought to herself, so consumed is she with her reverence and adoration for her Father. As the minister of our church pointed out this morning, God is seeking true worshipers, not "great worship."
Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose--and all this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin. — William Temple
In essence, now I focus on worshiping God, whereas before I was performing for man. And dance has never been more enjoyable. 

Anything you would care to add, ladies? I hope you all have enjoyed a blessed and restful Lord's Day.

5 epistles:

  1. how lovely♥ i too can be a 'spiritual perfectionist.' it gets in the way, y'know? by the way, i don't know if you saw my comment before, but my computer won't work on the email link you have up. in order to enter your writing contest, i need you to please email me? my email is jelysm93@gmail.com. sorry if you saw the last one and just don't have time, but i wanna be sure i get to enter =) have a great night!

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  2. This was a beautifully written post that spoke to my heart and should speak to all who truly desire to offer worship the King of Kings. Thank you for sharing your heart with us today.

    CP

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  3. beautiful. amen! worship is so often about us feeling a certain good way. when really, our focus should be on Him. you are right on!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this, I need to learn this lesson too.

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