That’s What It’s All About

August 6, 2007

We did the Hokey Pokey in church yesterday. In a big circle, during the sermon.

Obviously it was a strange message. There really wasn’t much to it. But still, something that was said has stuck with me. The man who was speaking was describing how he used to do the Hokey Pokey with his kids when they were young. He said that although they loved the entire dance and performed it with boundless energy, they just could not wait to get to the part where they put their “whole self” in.

As our congregation was instructed to form a big circle (you can do this kind of stuff in a tiny church like ours) and the song began to play, I admit that I was cynical. But then I began to look around. There was my best friend’s mom doing a cute little shake as she turned herself around. There was my dad – I never could have pictured him like this when I was younger! – with a huge smile on his face, my mom equally enthusiastic beside him, doing the motions with gusto. And there were all the kids and youth of the church throwing themselves into it as if they were at the roller rink and not Big Church.

As I looked at all these people putting their whole selves in, I wished I could do the same. Don’t expect me to be going crazy the next time we are asked to do a silly dance in church, but maybe I can try a little harder to put my whole self into the things that I do. Maybe one day I won’t care as much about what I look like or what people think of me. Maybe one day I’ll get over myself.

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:2-4

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Comments on That’s What It’s All About

  1. 1

    From Megan:

    I feel like I should comment here, but I’m not quite sure what to say. Who preached?

    I was never a fan of whole self in– it seemed like a cop-out. You just jump in and out. Plus, where is ‘in,’ exactly? If everyone jumps forward, then isn’t the circle just decreased, and therefore the ‘in’ gets smaller but no one can really achieve getting ‘in’?

    I smell a profound theological insight coming on. I’ll spare us all…

  2. 2

    From Mom:

    And then we went and put our whole selves into mission trip. . . . That was great, too. I think God enjoyed both.

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