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Dancing With The Stars From Mars

Beth Jones

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Romans 8:14

Living the Spirit Empowered Life God desires requires us to know, trust and be led by the Spirit. When we follow Him, life is good. When we don’t, it gets messy.

This month in The Basics Daily Devo––through, The Basics with Beth I am sharing excerpts from my newest book, The Spirit Empowered Life to encourage you in your daily experience of the Spirit empowered life.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1:

For a moment, let’s think about being led by the Holy Spirit in terms of ballroom dancing. If you’ve ever watched professional ballroom dancers doing the Waltz or Foxtrot, it’s easy to see the flow between them. One person leads and the other person follows and together, they flow beautifully. (And that, my friends, is the basic point of this whole book. The End.)

Years ago, my husband and I took a ballroom dance class for fun. (Think two leggy flamingos trying to not trip over each other.) One of the first things we learned is that it was my job to follow his lead. That took some getting used to because it requires trust! (Not my strong suit.) When I felt off balance, or like I was about to stumble, rather than trusting Jeff, I tried to lead the dance. This led to our tangled flamingo legs moving to an offbeat stutter step. How in the world do you follow the leader in dancing when you have no idea where he is going? I seriously wondered. On top of that I am not allowed to look at my feet, because I am supposed to be looking regal as I stare over Jeff’s right shoulder.

I couldn’t figure out how to follow Jeff’s lead, which must have been obvious to our instructor as he ordered me, “Follow the hand!” What hand? Gently he explained, “Jeff’s job is to lead you with his hand and you are to follow wherever his hand directs you to go.” Well, surprise, surprise…when I focused on following Jeff’s hand––he led, spun and moved me around that dance floor like we’d just won Dancing with the Stars (The Stars from Mars, in our case!)

I think there are a lot of parallels in flowing with the Holy Spirit. If we will focus less on trying to be the leader or on what we need to do and focus more on following the leading of “His hand,” we will find the flow of the Spirit.

Sounds simple doesn’t it? Today, turn in your “I Lead My Own Life” card and follow the good hand of the Lord and just see where the Holy Spirit might spin you!

Say It: “Father, help me follow!” In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”