Tuesday, January 1, 2019

I Hope You Dance.

“Oh, I’ll just do that tomorrow.”
“I’ll have more time for that later.”

“I’ll do that in the new year.”
As 2019 has officially begun, often times we find ourselves wrapped up with the craze of New Year’s Resolutions. The truth is, why did we have to wait until January 1st to get started? A common phrase we hear this time of year is “New year, New me.” Everyone has big plans to ensure that in the new year they transform into the best version of themselves, but shouldn’t we always be aiming toward that goal?

Becoming the best version of ourselves is different for each person. It might look like growing in our faith, starting a fitness journey, changing our behavior, or simply spending more quality time with family. No matter what it is, why wait? Life is too short to wait until January 1st each year.

In the song “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack, the lyrics say, “May you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed.” This song rings true to me as it emphasizes the fact that we should never take anything for granted. Too often, we think to ourselves that tomorrow will be a better day to take action. The problem is when we continue to push it off through each tomorrow after that. Why wait to better ourselves?

The song continues to say, “Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.” Each day, we have the opportunity to let time pass by or rise up and make a difference. We can either share our passions and live out our purpose, or wait for another day until it’s easier. When we push things away and avoid accomplishing goals, our why isn’t big enough. How do we make our why bigger? We focus on what truly matters. Focus on the joy in life, be gratefull, and give thanks always. Our why will grow when we see the good in those around us.

Each day may not be good, but there is good in each day. So why sit back and watch the potential when you can be a part of it?

This year, I challenge you to live out the good in each day. Instead of making excuses, push to be the best version of yourself everyday. How can we ensure we are living out our why each day? Will we sit it out or dance?

I hope you dance.
Stationed by the Ear of Corn,
Laura Church