Stay Lit

I recently watched a YouTube video taken at a music concert. The band didn’t show up, and people were sitting around the outside venue, just hanging out. All of a sudden, one young man was apparently so happy that he got up and decided to start dancing.

As he did his own dancing, you could see in the video all the people sitting around him, here and there, beginning to laugh. He was a kind of a side show. But he kept going.

Pretty soon, the laughing calmed down. The people sitting around continued to watch, now with big smiles.

About 5 minutes later, and he was still going. And now, the people were sitting around and just staring.

The clip on the video said he continued dancing alone in front of everyone for 40 whole minutes.

And then … someone got up and started dancing with him. And then, about 5 other people joined in. After that, the dancer started going to other people sitting down and inviting them to get up and dance.

The scene then changed and about 100 people were dancing together, in the open grounds, on the day when the band didn’t show up.

And it was all because of one person.

One person who followed their own inspiration, even when others laughed at him. Even when others refused to follow, and let him be a sideshow. One person convinced enough on the inside to keep going beyond what the rational thinker would think was the time to call it quits. One person who didn’t let their flame go out, regardless of how others reacted.

When it comes to being inspired by God in life, don’t worry about what others think or say or do, and don’t get discouraged if you seem alone or like a side show.

Just follow what’s inside.

Shine your light.

And stay lit.

You’ll see what God can do.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Mt 5:14-16)

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