My happy place is ballet class. It’s my gym, my creative outlet, and an hour to loose myself in a beautiful art form, all wrapped into one.
I love it. I’m a big ballet fan. I’m a big fan of my ballet instructor, Lauren, too.
She’s taught me a lot over the last 3 years since returning to ballet after 13 years away. One of the most important things I’ve learned is something I’m chewing on recently in my own life too…
In ballet, everything stems for correct posture and alignment. We often begin our classes laying on the floor so that we can feel exactly how our bones should be aligned on top of one another as we stand. I like to stand in class where I can see myself from the side mirror. It’s a good way to “gut-check” to see if I’m holding my stomach in, but most importantly, it allows me to see if my posture is correctly aligned. Are my shoulders right over my hips? Am I leaning too far forward or backward? Is my chest open and my chin up?
Balance, my turn-out, how I lift my legs…it all stems from posture.
How does this principle from ballet relate to my own life? Here’s a couple questions I’m asking myself about choosing my posture, not in the literal sense but in how I’m choosing my attitude, my world view, and the way I see others.
How often am I checking in my side mirror to see how my posture is aligned? Better yet, who is my posture aligned with?
It’s the posture of Jesus that I’m called to imitate. And His posture is so well described in Philippians 2:4-7:
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
I’ve found myself in need of a re-alignment. And as I was reminded recently by a wise friend, this alignment, this posture, is not gonna look anything like the posture of the world.
The world says stand up tall, Jesus calls me to my knees.
The world says be the best and be the first, Jesus calls me to go last.
The world says look out for your interests above all, Jesus is calling me to put the interests of others above myself.
This posture, this calling of Christ, is not easy. But as I’ve seen countless times in my life and the lives of others, it’s worth it. This posture makes all the difference in how I view life, how I treat others, and ultimately how I gain influence to point folks to Jesus.
And as I depart for Uganda next week, my prayer is that I’ll take this posture, and only this posture, with me.
Pray for me!
Dearly loved, realigning,