Who's Watching You? 
Monday, November 14, 2005, 06:06 PM
A quote that didn't get into the sermon yesterday was from the Aurora Greenway character played by Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment”:

Work like you don't need the money, love like your heart has never been broken, and dance like no one is watching.

The theory that problems come from other people is especially attractive to those who look to economic environment, cultural conventions, or family failures as the sources of an individual's unhappiness. Such thinking makes it tempting to shout “Amen” to Aurora's movie line. Yet for Christians it is incomplete. A similar idea is in Colossians 3:23:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...

It is not enough for Christians to free themselves of the fears of an empty wallet, a broken heart, or social embarrassment, although it might be a good step on the way to a more faithful life. But Christians cannot stop there; for then they would be living only for themselves…and a self-indulgent life can be more destructive than living for others.

Christians live for God. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever according to our church's teachings. Thinking of God as our employer when we work, our model for our love and our partner when we dance can help us be free both of oppressive expectations of others and the excess of our own desires and passions.

Hoping you will save God a dance…

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