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Dancing with the Devil

Saturday, April 09, 2016

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!
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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!
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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.


Namaste!
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  • MSLZZY
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    1825 days ago
  • BONNIEMCC488
    Sounds like you did well with your post. It is always a good idea to cut free from things that do not benefit us, or really others. We have to take care of ourselves in order to do what we need to do in life.
    1826 days ago
  • AURA18
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  • GENRE009
    I always say he who is without sin, throw the first rock, and there will be none that are without sin. We all sin, and have to learn to overcome our problems of sin daily. God is our only teacher. We all grow into understanding God constantly. Sometimes in saying God's messages people are very direct and may appear to seem harsh in their ability to be helpful. Yet it may be that people with open wounds are too sensitive and may feel that those messages were directed at them. The reality of any situation is that maybe neither situation may be going on. We as humans focus on things that bother us or bind us, and loose sight of what is really being said by our sensitivities emotionally getting in our way.
    1826 days ago
  • FITJEN48
    Honey, honey. You're speaking my language. I am so grateful for the people in my life who stuck with me while I waddled through the mud, as God continued (an continues) to prune away the thorns and bristles caught in my hair. I love hanging out where life's a little dirty just so I can love on people. Love is completely foreign to so many people that just a little goes a long way to soften a heart. If the Devil is within earshot, good, let him be reminded of who the victor is, and whose side I'm on. It's when we are too scared to go there that our faith is in our own ability and not in the one who rescued us from the same dirt pit. AMEN girl.
    1827 days ago
  • MOMWANTSNOWAIST
    Sunny, your blogs bring me such SONSHINE AND SUNSHINE! I REALLY am MOVED by what you said! Excellent JOB!!!!!!EXCELLENT BLOG!!!!
    1827 days ago
  • no profile photo CD16070360
    The way I understand your comment about being out of the box is the way I see myself in this regard as most Christians do. I am a child of God and yet I to my disappointment I fail to be perfect in all my ways. Praise the Lord, I am covered by his blood and one day I will have a new body where I cannot ever sin or let my Savior down.

    I wish I could be on many teams but like you I see the need and have scaled back.
    The team you mention is a Christian team like several others that do enjoy sharing and talking about the Lord. I am one of them. Yet, all people are different and are absolutely free to stay or go without any bad feelings at all.


    Take care,your friend,
    Keep on smiling and blogging.




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    Comment edited on: 4/10/2016 12:48:18 PM
  • PGBACK
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    1827 days ago
  • PGBACK
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    Funny, I was thinking about getting off a team after MJ let us know that she was no longer going to be the leader of the team. When I went to remove myself from the team, I was surprised who the new leader was. I was not able to leave the team, friend. emoticon
    1827 days ago
  • BARBIEE52
    emoticon You are right..you have to do what is right for you..if you don't, then you'll be doing things to "please" others..I hope you are truly proud of yourself, for it is your journey,,so "step out of that box". Sometimes all of us don't have time to take part in all the teams we would like (I, for one)..I can only be stretched so for, and I've done better in the teams I've chosen! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1827 days ago
  • COMPUCATHY
    All so true. We have to live our convictions. Good for you for standing for what you know to be right. The truth has to be spoken at times and hopefully, well-received. Hope you have a great Sunday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon
    1827 days ago
  • SMALLSTEPS
    As I am a former over-committer to groups, bravo!

    I'm trying to see this journey as an editing process. I can have the foods I want, but just like in writing and wanting to communicate my meaning, don't I want choose the best foods like I try to find the best words? Don't I want to be with the social groups who work best for me, with all my particular quirks?

    Good for you!


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  • RASPBERRY56
    I've cut out a lot of teams myself recently.......
    1828 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    Its a tough battle but it looks like yu are winning-Lynda
    1828 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    I'm so glad you said what you said on the page and I thank you for sharing your testimony with us.
    1828 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    What a beautifully written blog. And it is true! You -- just like everyone else -- has to do what is right for you. If someone else has a problem with that, it's not YOUR problem to own.

    HUGS and keep on keeping out OUTSIDE THAT BOX.
    1828 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    I totally enjoyed your post to the Team...and if it's not what they wanted/needed/expected that's not yours to deal with...you spoke from your heart...and it showed!
    Namaste!
    Warm Hugs & Hope,
    Mary
    1828 days ago
  • SAMMIROWDY
    Your blogs are always so very well written.

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  • GODS-PRINCESS
    Good job realizing your on too many teams and doing something about it! I know I had to limit the amount of teams I am on to 5 teams on 1 challenge because I know it can be too much!

    I love your topic of Dancing with the Devil! I love everything you said !
    1828 days ago
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  • no profile photo DEWEYDEWEY
    Excellent post. I really like this one.
    1828 days ago
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