Who loves classical music these days? My six-year-old granddaughter does. And Mozart is one of her favorite composers. She plays his music over and over again.

The other day, she pulled my hand. “I love it. C’mon, Nana, let’s dance.”

Dance? It’s not salsa, I thought. I smiled and shuffled a bit, trying to follow the beat and move with grace. But not my little princess. She twirled, jumped, wiggled, stomped one foot, then the other, and moved from here to there. Then when it was over, she was out of breath but said, “Let’s do it again.”

She delighted in the joy of the melody, the tune of the instruments and the thrill of the exhilarating sound. Not me. I was focused on following the rhythm, concentrating in keeping pace with the ever-changing beat.

"07-18-14I do the same thing in life. Do you? We try so hard to follow the beat of the world— write better, sell more, increase our readership, secure more speaking engagements, tweet more, post more frequently, get more “likes.” No wonder, dancing to the tune of the world’s demands, we end up tongue hanging out and cross-eyed.

That’s why we often fail to enjoy the music of life. That’s why we miss the melody of peace. We miss the thrill of the moment, the calmness of the day and the rest for the night.

Maybe what you and I need is a deep change, a transformation really. The kind the apostle Paul describes: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

Father, I confess, my own human, flawed will is what began an eagerness to follow the tune of the world. It only brought intense stress, disappointment and gloom. But now I choose to dance to the melody of your will, your perfect will that has nothing to do with the world’s call, but everything to do with following the pleasant melody of your voice. In Jesus’s name amen.

  • What tune has your life been dancing to?
  • What needs to be transformed in you?
  • What do you think will happen if you choose God’s will?


Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.


Author #1 bestselling book, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta


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Terri Webster

July 29, 2014 - 09 : 47 : 01

I so appreciate this post! I, too, have been working on not getting so caught up in the world’s demands that I miss my own dance with the Lord. He’s the One who inspires me to write in the first place. Here’s to resting in Him!!


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