I am reducing the number of teams that I participate in. I am starting to feel overwhelmed.
As I was deciding which to keep and which to let go of, I scrolled down to a topic that interested me. Dancing with the Devil. The comments were good, but I decided that maybe this team wasn't a good match for me. I do dance with the devil every day. But the proselytizing on the boards was too much for me. I do the best I can every day, and my heart is filled with the love.
The following was my post on the board. I am sure it wasn't received that well. I didn't quote scripture and verse, but I shared what was in my heart that gave me joy/ That is all I can do!
DO I dance with the devil? Everyday! I am a sinner, whose only salvation is Jesus Christ.
On a daily basis I dance with the devil. Sloth, anger, resentment, haughtiness and Gluttony. Jesus is by me helping me overcome my sins.
He has told me my job is to live my life and let my light shine on others. It is not my job to judge others, but to love them. I know that I am not going to go into heaven because of my good works, but only by his grace.
This a true story about me. In 1987 I meet D--. She was a drunk, one of "those" girls, she had a potty mouth and was very abrasive. But she belonged to an organization that I belonged to so I saw her on a frequent basis. Usually I tried to avoid her. Then one day she came up to me and said " You are always so happy, and I want what you have, can I go to church with you on Sunday" I was so surprised!! I hugged her and told her I would pick her up! My heart was full and my eyes were leaking purple puddles. I couldn't believe it! I watched D grow! It wasn't my doing at all, and to this day, I thank Jesus for using me as a vessel for HIS work. I am grateful!
Another story- fast forward to 1998. My husband is a musician and was invited to play in a brass quartet in a town about 30 miles from where we lived on Easter Sunday. The pastor did the usual Easter service, then took a minute to honor Cora on her 100th birthday. He told a short story of her life. She was a "ribbon dancer" in vaudeville and performed with her husband. His statement was so profound that I have used it time and again. He said "Cora is a living testimony that you can live outside the box and still be in the FOLD."
Do I dance with the devil? Yes, I am a sinner, but my Lord and Savior protects me and is with me. I do live outside the box, and I live a life of service in anyway I can, not for the honor or recognition, but because God said " The greatest of all is love".
Well, that is what I feel and believe. AMEN!
I am not saying what I do it right. But it is what I do. Those who disagree, please remove me from your teams, and off your friend list. The only judge I will have is in the hereafter. I hope that doesn't happen in the near future, but I am ready if it does.