Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Cup Runneth Over

As dancers, we should make every effort to minimize anything that would distract people from receiving the Word through movement. Dancers in the church setting may not fit into the typical body image of a professional dancer. A big problem with many top-heavy dancers is cleavage that overflows into public view. This is not just a female issue. Viewing the bare male chest in a congregation may also cause uneasy feelings if the exposure in no way relates to the song.

When we bend and bow, it may be very distacting to witness the lines of our flesh, or body parts that fly out of bounds. Cheap sports bras are not the answer. Movement ministers should consider investing in quality unitards and undergarments that keep all of the inventory in order. We should be able to leap and jump with ease when we are securely anchored. Without a proper foundation, we may feel self-conscious or distract the audience unecessarily.

Our legs may also need containment if we are not at optimal muscle tone. The unitard is a great solution to both problems, but we should make an effort to exercise some control. The Lord can use us a vessels, regardless of our physical attributes. If we are experiencing challenges in physical fitness, we should use enough widsom to make the best of what we have.

Exodus 28:28 (NKJV)
They shall bind the breastplate by means of its rings to the rings of the ephod, using a blue cord, so that it is above the intricately woven band of the ephod, and so that the breastplate does not come loose from the ephod.

Job 26:6 (NKJV)
Sheol is naked before Him, and Destruction has no covering.

2 Corinthians 5:3 (NKJV)
If indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked

Revelation 15:6 (NKJV)
And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.

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