The Bible tells us that God has created each person unique with his or her own set of gifts. It is our decision to use those gifts or to neglect them. We are called to be good stewards of our time, of our money and our talents. As dancers, if we have been given the passion and ability to dance, then we should be good stewards of that as well.
1 Peter 4:10 tells us, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
One day when I meet God, I want to be able to say, “Yes, Lord. I used my ability to dance to serve others and to tell people about you.” As dancers, we have the unique opportunity not only to be a part of a team, but also to be very involved in our community. Our job is to entertain at games, greet fans, visit community events and to be a face in the media. We come across thousands of people every week, and we have the opportunity to be a light in this world through those encounters.
We could peel it back even further, and discuss the movement of dancing itself. Do we not serve a God who loves art? Have you ever read Genesis where Moses called upon all of the artists to build a beautiful tabernacle? God also gave detailed instructions to the Israelites on how to create beautiful pieces of clothing for the priests to enter the tabernacle. Not to mention there were countless times that David sang and danced in front of the Lord. And to this day, we sing songs of worship every Sunday in church.
Now I know that it’s obvious that gameday choreography is quite different, but what matters most is where your heart lies. In 2 Samuel 6, David was dancing in front of women half naked (not kidding! – read the story), and his wife told him he was undignified. He responded with,
“It was before the Lord, who chose me… when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel – I will celebrate before the Lord. And I will become even more undignified than this… [and] I will be held in honor.”
David was dancing out of reverence for the Lord. To others, even his own wife, it may have seemed inappropriate, but to David, it wasn’t. He knew where his heart was, and he danced for the Lord.
Every week, as I go to practice and when I am dancing at games, I can say, “Lord, thank you for this passion you have placed on my heart. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to dance. Thank you for giving me a purpose.” At the end of my life when God asks me how I used my gift of dancing to serve him and serve others, I will be able to tell him that I used it every day.
written by Kristin Dodd