A Beautiful, Professional, Little Dance
by Kathleen Angell 5/11/2007 / Christian Living
The Lord speaks to me, sometimes, through things I see.
Often He does that, but I don't always understand what is being shown right away. I sense it, but don't always understand it.
But I trust something is being worked in me to understand.
And I believe, also, in the lives of others.
This morning I was watching a little girl dancing.
She was beautifully dressed and quite professional in what she was doing.
She looked more like an adult in her dance that had obviously been imparted to her, through her instructions, till she could do her dancing with alot of professionalism.
She was use to all eyes on her and was absorbed, not attentive to those with her, oblivious to others in the same dance,who were rather poor and in need. (poor and needy).
This little girl and her partner had on the most special outfits in the dance routine, and there were two other little ones with not so pretty outfits or much of any ability, dancing with them.
I could tell by the way she moved her hands she most probably was the one that knew what she was doing, and her partner too.
But it was like looking at a child who was very gifted with dancing, her moves were trained in her, she'd been worked with, taught, but the other two children were not trained and not dressed well.
This observation was pretty quick.
And as a child, she was happily doing all she could to direct the attention to herself, totally self absorbed.
Oblivious to the others who had less around her.
The glory of the moment directed to herself, expecting all attentions to be on her. And the other little ones just looked plain and without.
None of that was odd or off base for children, but since I am about childlike in my abilities to understand things, this made a good lesson for me.
I believe the Lord showed it to me.
I think He showed this situation to impart to me to learn how to not be so self absorbed with what I have been given or know, but to concentrate on those around me, with less.
To care for them and be attentive to their need.
What God has given to me, in me, to spread abroad, to those in need.
It is in dying that we live.
And, also, I believe He gives this to show to others.
It seemed the Beauty that was given to the little girl, her understanding, her outfit, her abilities...needed, in a spiritual sense, to be laid down, now, for others.
Not to stop dancing, but to care for others around us and to give. To be attentive to other's needs. To take away from the self absorbed, and to turn our energies to taking care for those around us.
To take the time to give attention and care to others.
Not taking away from her own giftedness, but giving of that giftedness to others. Love and care to others, imparting to them from her knowledge, her gifts and talents, that they might share in what she had.
That her concern would also, now, be for them.
Coming down from the clouds of self centeredness of what we have, and taking all that is off base in us, pride, attention, self absorption, and putting that activity into caring about those around us.
Like a tree, or a fountain, like clouds with rain, it needed to be spread abroad on others. With them the center of attention.
Her coming down from the place of working so hard to get it right, and now from self absorption, and coming to see those in need around her, a real and true beauty which is to care for others around her, imparting her knowledge and what she has to those with less, and caring more for them than herself.
A right balance.
Taking what is ours, and spreading it outward to those around who do not have as much. To not forget those who are around us.
This is the way it should be.
Being more attentive to the needs of others, building them up, more than ourselves.
I am not speaking of the little girl. She was a child doing what was normal. But I am speaking of my own life and of others' lives, what we need to be doing with what is given to us by the Lord in our lives.
To not become as a little girl, self absorbed by the beauty of our own giftedness with all eyes on us, but to lay it down, to give to those in need, those without, to share our food with the hungry and our clothing with the naked.
To spread abroad in our hearts, to others.
To not keep things to ourselves. To not take attention to ourselves but to be busy with attentiveness to those who are in need.
Not to take attention, nor gifts, nor anything we have, to ourselves for self centered pride, but in humility caring more about those around us than our own giftedness.
The dance is fine, doing it beautifully is fine, but it is not fine to have the poor around us and be so caught up in the ourselves that we forget others. Not be attentive to them. Forgetting to wash their feet.
Using our God given talents in the lives of others, for them.
For them to grow and shine and be given more than they have. That they are the center of our attention.
As one would instruct, with patience, we can give, with humility and compassion and love, because all we have we have been given.
To give what we have been given to others, to care more for them, than ourselves.
I don't fully understand my vision in the children, but a vision I am sure it was.
It was an outwardness of giving. The Lord has shown this before, but I think He is showing more today to understand how to do it.
Not allowing the self life to seek the attention for ourselves, but to give all we have within or without, to share with others who are without, setting our eyes on them, those who have less than us, those in need of our giftedness or our talents or what we have, to share our bread with the hungry. To truly care about those around us.
To live our lives for others, outwardly, not to be self absorbed, but to be looking for the good of others, even as the rain, with others, falling down on them, to water their lives.
It is better for us to have less, because we have given of ourselves and talents to others, and to share what we have with others, to bless them from our abundance, us seemingly to have less, but in this, it is more, because it is given into the lives of those around us, it is dispersed abroad to those who are more needy.
Isn't that what it is to clothe those who are naked?
If we have the gift of friendship, and love, and have all the world love us, but a brother or sister is nearby and we are self absorbed and unattentive to give of our abundance to them, we have not gained what we should.
What is given is to give. We have all we have, from the Lord to give out ward to bless those around us, that they might reap of the benefit of what the Lord has given to us.
We have it, but it is in sharing that it becomes what it was meant to be, a blessing to those around us.
We reap of it not by hoarding to ourselves, or drawing it to attend to us, in attention, but by spreading it selflessly to the lives of others.
To care more for others than ourselves. Like the tree that branches outward, and the little birds can find nourishment and shelter there.
It is in bending down, to others' lives, that we find real life, losing our own, but giving His, to others.
He didn't come to be served, but to serve.
Sincerely, in His love,
My name is Kathleen Angell.
My life was dramatically changed when the Lord made Himself real to me.