Doing It Badly

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”

That is a quote from a great writer, G.K. Chesterton. When I first read it, I had to scratch my head, because it goes against so much of what we are taught growing up here. But after a while and some more experience in life, it finally sunk in.

This video was sent to me the other day from my friend Fr. Pat. The guy Matt Harding goes all around the world dancing, and dancing badly at that. It started out when he got tired of his technical, professional job – where of course anything worth doing ought to be done well – and spent his own personal savings on traveling for a bit. On location, he would record his baila-challenged gyrations on video and share them. He then unexpectedly got some sponsorship and wanted to spread the cheer from his bad dancing. Now his latest video has people from all over the world dancing.

OK, you might think this is a gimmick or a trivial thing. But many people weep at this video (ahem), just like many people weep at the cross of Christ (enough!). See, we can bring about some measure of unity among ourselves using our strengths. The US, the UN, political parties, business partnerships. Heck, the Red Sox built a nation putting together a strong team.

But only God can unite the world – with our weaknesses.

It would be a different story if Matt were a pro, or if he were even a good dancer (sorry Matt if you ever happen to read this, but I ain’t no better). But the whole point is that Matt is dancing badly, and that means that dancing is just worth doing. Dancing is just human, and the whole world agrees with that.

Our weaknesses in life are our jewels. Yeah, our strengths are important, they’ll get some things done and they sure will make our bossy types happy. And there are times we need expertise, like with kitchen plumbing or car work. And having working plumbing and cars is a great thing. But if you want to do greater things that are fully human and even divine, if you want to do God’s work reconciling people and giving them hope, even making them cry, then start with your weaknesses.

Even if you do it badly.

My power is made perfect in weaknesses.” (2 Cor 12:9)

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