Sunday, December 14, 2008

Save the Date!

Scheduling and attending dance ministry events can be a challenge for soloists and groups. Not only do we have to consider our personal and business obligations, we should also remember the important dates of those we labor with. In order to minimize competitive mindsets, it would be best for us to avoid scheduling major events at the same time as the dancers that we fellowship with. These events may not all be dance-related as many have weddings, baby showers, and other once-in-a-lifetime moments that may cause hurt feelings if they are missed. Since we are all one body, we should work to support one another as a whole.

Whether we keep a handwritten calendar or an electronic one, it may be a good idea to record our ministry dates and refer to them when we are asked to dance for a particular occasion. It is better to follow up with a phone call to confirm than to say yes and have to cancel later due to overbooking. We can also review our calendars to ensure that we have sufficient time to take care of personal appointments and business meetings. If we have an activity at 11:00am and are scheduled to dance at 1:00pm, we may place undue stress on ourselves to try to make it in time for the dance event. Because delays cannot always be anticipated, we should always plan to keep our word.

In addition, planning elaborate activities around national and religious holidays should be done with care. We should not feel disappointed if the event that we have planned near a holiday does not have maximum attendance. Though some may feel that it is impressive to have a calendar full of activities, we must exercise wisdom and schedule necessary downtime. There is no rule that states that we cannot indicate this as a reminder on our calendars as well. Each an every month (if not every week), we should take a look at our schedules to see if we are neglecting important areas of our lives. Most importantly, we should not be so busy that we forget to make time for the One that we dance for in the first place.

1 Chronicles 28:19 (NKJV)
“All this,” said David, “the LORD made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.”

Proverbs 21:5 (NKJV)
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.

2 Corinthians 1:17 (NKJV)
Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do it lightly? Or the things I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, that with me there should be Yes, Yes, and No, No?

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