DWTS – Dancing With the Starving

Yep. I watch it all right.

I’ll admit some of the outfits aren’t made with as much material as my great-grandmother’s hankies, but I can’t help but watch Dancing With the Stars. I’m drawn in each week as the ladies spin and twirl and the gentlemen dip and swagger.

With breath held, I lean towards the television set hoping no one falls or worse – has a wardrobe malfunction. Then I wait to see how the judges respond to the footwork, chemistry, and choreography.

More often than not, my take on the dance differs greatly from the judges. They are quite critical, pointing out the tiniest missteps, while I’m on my feet clapping at the beauty of it all. Really. How can they be so disparaging? Perhaps they are “pros,” but I’d like to see the judges put their money where their mouth is.

I walked my smug self to the kitchen one night, yammering to my husband about how the judges spent more time talking about dancing than actually dancing. And then I stopped in my tracks.

I’m just like the judges.

My week is packed with Bible study, prayer time, preparing for Bible study, reading the Bible, reading my books about the Bible, and searching on-line for cute Bible verse décor to hang in my home.

I spend more time talking about the Bible than living out what it teaches. I’m too busy in my holy huddle to actually go out and serve others.

Friends, don’t get the wrong message here. I’m not saying prayer and reading the Bible isn’t a worthwhile activity. God wants us to do those things. Just don’t do them so much, you don’t have time for others. Let’s you and me take a look at our week. Did we spend more time studying and preparing for studying? Or did we actually feed the hungry and fill the thirsty?

My fellow Christians, it’s time we stepped out from behind our judges box and started dancing with the poor and starving. I don’t know about you, but tomorrow I’m quick stepping it into my closet to strap on my dancing shoes.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-36, 40 NIV

6 Responses to DWTS – Dancing With the Starving
  1. Michele Fort
    September 22, 2011 | 5:48 am

    Ouch. But, so true, so true. Thank you for gentle reminder to be a “doer”, not just a “hearer”. P.S. I watch the show, too. 😉

  2. Cousin Melissa
    September 22, 2011 | 8:31 am

    Love the devotion! How true!! I am ready to strap on my dancing shoes too. I sure do enjoy that “holy huddle”….hard to get out of it sometimes. Love you, Carol!

  3. Kimberly
    September 22, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    Have. Mercy. Why don’t you warn a girl before you mambo all over her toes!?!?! 😉 hee hee.

    Seriously, though…what powerful conviction, friend. I am sure I need to strap on my dancing shoes much more.

    Thanks! You always make me smile AND move my heart. And in this case, hopefully my feet, too! Love you lots.

  4. deb
    September 22, 2011 | 7:53 pm

    Thanks for the gentle reminder! I am a DWTS junkie too…but now when I watch I will be thinking of how I can put my dancing shoes on! Thanks again 🙂

  5. Barbie
    September 25, 2011 | 9:11 pm

    Thank you for this reminder. I want to be sensitive to Holy Spirit on a daily basis concerning those around me who need a touch from Him. It doesn’t take too much to stop and converse with someone, buy them a cup of coffee or pray with them. It’s what Jesus did.

  6. Janelle
    September 26, 2011 | 9:31 pm

    This is just what my pastor was talking about this week. He was basically saying, we want to live the blessed life but we don’t want to give back what we receive.

    That could be time, friendship, compassion, money … whatever.

    Good post!