The Dance – Part 1

Let's Dance 1I grew up in a pretty conservative home.  We didn’t drink, smoke or dance.  Well, we almost never danced. . .

There were a couple of occasions when my Dad, who was a pastor, pulled the blinds in our house so no parishioners could see in.  He leafed through our record albums to find a big band recording and placed it in our hi-fi stereo.  After setting the needle on just the right song, the music would play and my parents would dance.

I remember the gasps of excitement from my older sisters.  And I  remember us sitting and watching them thinking:  “Who are these people?”

They Shimm Shamm Shimmied with the Dorsey Brothers and Cha Cha’d to the Chattanoogo Choo Choo!  They could move from a Jitter Bug to a Waltz effortlessly.  It was impressive!

I remember Cindy asking, “How do you know which way to turn?”

My mother answered:  “Your Father leads.”  And my Dad interjected:  “You mother is a great follower!”

Those answers weren’t enough for Laura.  She asked my mother, “What do you mean by following?  How do you know which way Daddy is going to go?”

This was my mother’s reply:  “I can tell which way he is going to go by the touch of his hand in the small of my back.”

Wow.  That was impressive!

Someone once said this about the well-known dancing partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers:  “Remember Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels!”

Following must be hard, especially if you haven’t learned your partners signals.

How are you doing in your dance with Jesus?


About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (, a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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