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Don't You Dare Look Back

Do you know the song ‘Shut up and Dance with Me’ by Walk the Moon? Some of the lyrics of the chorus say:

Don’t you dare look back Just keep your eyes on me I said you’re holding back She said shut up and dance with me

My family have just moved overseas and with that there’s a lot of change. I’m not gonna lie, it’s been easy to start looking back and get caught up in what’s gone before. Things that have passed. Things I cannot change. Things that if I hold onto them might leave me broken and unable to enjoy what’s in front of me.

It reminds me of Jesus telling the disciples, “Remember Lot’s wife!” (Luke 17:32)

Throughout the Bible, we read of countless stories of men and women that were called to adventure with God. So much so that multiple movies have been made about their lives: Moses, Paul, Noah, Joseph, Ben-Hur, Adam and Eve, Abraham, Dinah, Esther, David, Samson… just to name a few.

While I don’t think God would necessarily tell us to “shut up,” and dance with Him, He does want us to be moving forwards, to join Him in the adventure and joy of today rather than looking back and holding onto the things of the past (Philippians 3:13-14). Jesus said that “no one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Eyes forward, friends.

God doesn’t want our day-to-day to be one of drudgery, regret, rules or burdens. He wants to dance with us. He wants us to enjoy the adventure and move with Him as one. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-3 in the Message reads, “One final word, friends… keep doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance…” 

So, I don’t know who might need to hear this today, but “don’t you dare look back,” keep your eyes on Jesus, and step forward into the adventure He’s calling you to.

Let's dance!

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