As you can see from the video, my son Cohen loves to dance! His favorite type of music is worship (listening to Joy Worship) and 90s rap. He has eclectic taste!
Not only does Cohen’s dancing make me giggle, but it inspires me for several reasons. First, no one had to teach Cohen how to move to the music. He just does it because he likes it! Second, Cohen is too young to be concerned with what anyone else thinks of him. (He certainly enjoys making us laugh) but he carries no embarrassment or shame about his behavior. If I’m honest, I can’t even remember what that feels like.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
As we encounter feedback from the world around us, we grow concerned with the approval of others. Often this approval steers our life. We get so caught up with pleasing those around us that we forget we actually have an audience of one–the living God.
What if we lived our life the way that Cohen does? What if we danced like nobody is watching? What if we aimed to meet God’s approval instead of humanity’s approval? I think we’d live much richer and rewarding lives!