Monday, November 24, 2008

I Do A New Thing

We should always aim to expand our familiarity with dance technique and the Word. There may be some areas of talent that lie undiscovered simply because we have not tried them yet. How do we know that we are not blessed with the ability to mime if we have never tried? For the untrained, taking a dance class may seem intimidating at first, but how will we gain skill unless we are up for the challenge? Trying something once and not being able to master it is not a reason to quit. If we are not drawn to a certain discipline or passion, we may not fare well in it, but walking by faith will help us to discover something new.

It is not necessary to be a "Jack (or Jill) of all trades" in dance ministry, but it is a good idea to discover uncharted territory in our own ministries. When we attend conferences, it may stretch us just a bit to take classes that are not on our list of favorites. Choosing the same options over and over again can lead to stagnation. If we already take regular ballet or modern classes, why not try our hand at prophetic dance or flags? Sticking to defined stereotypes of praise dance may hinder us if we neglect to move forward.

Launching out and learning about cultural dance and history is a wonderful way to expand. Even if we do not incorporate all movement types into our repertoire, understanding different dances and cultures may help us minister to people unlike us. We cannot be so "deep" to believe that ballet is the only way, or that all misucal selections must be slow worship songs. As we continue to enlarge our borders concerning dance ministry, the Lord continues to be the ultimate Director of our steps.

Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV)
Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Job 33:16 (NKJV)
Then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.

Proverbs 19:20 (NKJV)
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.

Romans 7:6 (NKJV)
But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

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