How different would like look without the words should, ought to and could? These three phases rule my life, they circle my heart like flaming scorpions, searing into my soul, haunting and defeating me every time I think or say 'I should do this' or 'I ought to be doing such and such' or 'If I only could ...'.
The word, the very simple word that sets me free from all of this is 'is'. This is how much God loves me, my life is full of blessings, this is what I look like and this is what I can do. Is, this one word, dangles from my heart, it reflects light and beauty, it is peace and kindness, it is love. God is love.
When I free my mind from the shoulds, coulds and ought tos I have this amazing image of Jesus dancing. I'm not talking polite swaying, or closing eyes and raised hands kind of dancing, Jesus is fluorescent blue, green and white. He is dancing to the groove, His whole body is alive with the beat. He is captivated by the tunes. He is so happy.
I often get the feeling we have it so very wrong. If we believe God created us in His own image and to be His friends than there must be so much more. There must be more than quietly singing bad hymns, there must be more than eating cake with friends watching the kids play after Church on Sunday, there must be more than politely discussing the relevance and meaning of parables from the Bible once a week at Bible Study.
I can not believe God created us to be mundane, to be mediocre, to be ordinary and to simply go with the flow.
If I had created people to be my friends I would want them to be free and happy to dance like the Jesus in my mind. I can't help but think it is the shoulds, coulds and ought tos that keep us from dancing like Jesus.
I want to dance like Jesus each and every day.