Sunday, August 17, 2008

Body Language

We can convey meaning and express much without saying a word. Dance and movement ministers are effective when we can tell a story without using our own mouths. Granted, many of the songs that we use to minister are sung by others, using the Word as a base for us to demonstrate meaning. If we try to use movement that does not match with the message, then the result becomes muddled.

The body language that we exhibit goes beyond the time that we minister. When we are waiting to go before the people, do we appear irritated or impatient? If we disagree with something done or said in a service, do we begin to show open displeasure? As ministers of movement, people will watch us very closely. As a result, we have to be even more aware of our unspoken communication.

Even if there are cultural differences or if we minister in various languages, there are movements that have universal meanings. What is acceptable at home may have a different meaning abroad. The key is that we must use discretion so as not to offend wherever possible. If we ask the Lord to continue to reveal to us the areas in which we need to grow, then we will become even more effective communicators through motion.

Daniel 10:15 (NKJV)
When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless.

Psalm 19:2-3 (NKJV)
Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.

Luke 1:22 (NKJV)
But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.

1 Corinthians 14:11 (NKJV)
Therefore, if I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be a foreigner to him who speaks, and he who speaks will be a foreigner to me.

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