Dancing to the Music

After reading my wife’s words in the previous blog, I had to ask myself how much stress there is in my life because I try to please too many people.  The more I thought about it the more I realized how often a thought comes into my mind regarding if someone is happy with me for doing or not doing something.  There are plenty of people out there who are willing and even eager to let you know that they are not happy with you.

Some words of Jesus came to my mind from Luke 7:32.  Speaking of the people who were unhappy with him he likened them to children who complained “We played the flute for you and you did not dance.”  That’s what it is, there are so many flute players out there with their different tunes and each one expects you to dance to their music. Trying to dance to all the conflicting tunes can drive us crazy!

Some words from my favorite writer are about people who “. . . do what’s right because it is right.”  Not because we think it will please anyone but just because it’s right.  Can you imagine your life lived by principles of truth, from the heart, doing every day what is right just because it is right, not worrying about what people think?  That’s true freedom.

Now it may be that doing right might be pleasing to some people but that’s a secondary benefit.  The prime motivation is doing right because you want to be that kind of person.  It may also be true that some people won’t like it when you do right because it’s not always in harmony with the music they expect you to dance to.

The truth is we need to decide to embrace the tune of truth and dance our lives away.

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