Do you know anyone currently suffering from the ‘winter blues’ ? Our island was dumped on by a huge amount of snow last week, and people are looking particularly glum.
So, at the coffee shop yesterday, I invited two friends, ‘Andrea’ and ‘Joyce’ over to my house to teach them them how to belly dance. This ancient Arabic dance is properly called ‘Raqs Sharqi’.
Both friends looked shocked, and declined my offer. Andrea said that her husband would not allow this. Joyce, with real indignation in her voice, asked me if I knew that she was Pentecostal.
They didn’t give me a chance to explain that this ancient form of dance has excellent health benefits. It increases muscle strength and flexibility, improves circulation, eases stress, promotes relaxation and helps to improve posture.
They refused my offer before I could tell them that this exercise also improves digestion.
Both Andrea and Joyce were ‘offended’ by my offer. Do you think, though, that Christians should be easily offended by small stuff ? Lord, help us not to become touchy, and easily offended . Such an attitude of pettiness does not draw others to the Lord.
Andrea and Joyce also missed out on the delicious Moroccan mint tea that I was planning to offer them.
For now, I will continue my dancing by myself. As my dancing skirt jingles and sparkles, I look out over the mountains of snow that are glistening in the sunshine now.
The days are getting longer, Spring is coming.
We have a choice of being glum, or choosing to be happy.
Choose happiness !