I Get No R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Have you ever danced like no one was watching? I know I have. Only one day, unbeknownst to me, someone WAS watching! And not only was I dancing, I was singing at the top of my lungs!

I have to paint you a picture for you to get the full effect. I had been home all day cleaning. No make up on. Hair pulled up in some funky way. I was wearing a big T-shirt and leggings. Not a very pretty sight, to say the least. I was standing in front of the refrigerator with the freezer door open, looking for something to cook. All our friends always came to the side door, which entered into the kitchen, which happened to be in front of the refrigerator. You get the picture? My back was to the door.

All of the sudden, I have no idea what possessed me, but it was something! Because out of nowhere, a song overcame me and I cut loose belting out singing, and cuttin’ a rug like you wouldn’t believe.

It wasn’t a dance I had ever seen before, and its highly unlikely, unless I happen to show y’all, that any of you will EVER see anything like this.

I had one hand on the freezer door, the other arm was dangling to and fro’. My knees were touching, and I was kicking my feet, out to the side. With each kick, I gave a little stomp, as I brought my foot back down. My head was bobbing every which way but loose. It all seemed to fit together so perfectly as I belted out, R-E-S-P-E-C-T! FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS TO ME! R-E-S-P-E-C-T! TAKE CARE TCB! SOCK IT TO ME! SOCK IT TO ME! SOCK IT TO ME!

Needless to say, I was in my zone baby! Letting it all hang out. When all of a sudden I hear roaring laughter. Obviously, the singing and stomping were so loud I couldn’t have possibly heard the door open. My jaw hit the floor, face red as a beet, as I spun around to see who had just witnessed this embarrassing, albeit amazing, display.

I was so thankful when I turned around and realized it was my friend Kenny. Needless to say, we had a big laugh, at my expense of course.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 says this, “There’s a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” the time for ME to dance, is when I’m positive no one is watching! Because I’ve been forced to do many encore performances over the years!

There’s a valuable life lesson in this story. Always live your life so that, no matter who’s watching, you’ll never have regrets. It’s easy to act a fool when we think no one’s watching. The thing is, you never know who might see you, and who’s life you may influence. Not to mention, God always sees.

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. Galatians 5:13-15

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