I woke up at 4am this morning thinking about the conversation I had with my daughter last night before bed. She had just returned from dance class and was worrying about auditioning and being selected into a prestigious dance school in the fall. She has worked hard all year in dance, and has even scheduled her summer break with intensive dance classes to improve her performance.
I told her how proud I was of her dedication to her passion, and how much she has improved over the year.
She responded how it’s still not good enough, especially when compared to ‘Stacy’ (one of her dance friends).
There will always be a ‘Stacy’ out there for comparison, I said. Focus on the enjoyment dance brings to you, and how much you have learned.
I could still see her frustration, so I tried another tactic.
What is your biggest fear? Not getting into the dance school?
Face that fear now.
Pretend you just found out you were not selected.
How do you feel? How are you going to deal with this?
If you can work through the doubts and fears now, then you can relax and know you will be okay.
As parents, we want to impart all the words of wisdom we know to teach and protect our children. Unfortunately, many of life’s lessons are learned through one’s own experience.
This got me thinking about doubt and faith. How it’s okay to have doubts about our beliefs.
Don’t push it aside; bring it on.
As I told my daughter to face her biggest fear about dance, I think God wants us to face our fears about our faith, or lack of.
Accepting our doubt = Accepting our humanity = Celebrating being created by God.
God uses our humanity to make us whole again through Christ.
We were created to be with God forever. God’s covenant was promised in Eden, proclaimed to Abraham, and fulfilled in Christ.