How can a mom with two left feet start a dance academy? I laugh and joke that I am the ultimate helicopter mom. After all, I started my own extra-curricular activity for my child. It doesn't get more helicopter than that. But really, that's not what it was ever about. It wasn't about having this amazingly successful studio that everyone wanted to be at. It wasn't about becoming rich. Although, a paycheck here and there wouldn't hurt my feelings. It really wasn't about business ownership. It wasn't about being one of very few "faith-based" academies in the nation.
I wanted something more for my child. I wanted something more for your child. God burdened me. I distinctly remember bargaining with Him. In case you have never done that, He always wins. I told Him in my arrogance, you send me a dance teacher, I will open a studio. Guess what, He did so I had to hold up my end of the bargain. I knew I had to do it. I knew deep in the core of who I was that this maybe just maybe was what I was born to be. I am reminded of Queen Esther "If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this? Esther 4:14” I knew without a shadow of a doubt, this was meant for my family. I didn't know what I was doing. I didn't know how to dance but I knew, I had to do it.
Then God gently reminded me that I was His and He had allowed me to struggle with self-esteem as a child and young adult because He "KNEW" I could make a difference. He held me and told me He would walk this path with us and we would make a difference together. After five years of ministry, I can honestly say, God has never left our side. Graceful Steps was and always will be about being that other voice in your child's head saying they are awesome. They are loved. It doesn't matter if they have two left feet, wear glasses, 20 pounds overweight, awkward, feel ugly or even if they are the most confident of persons in the world. They were created by God, they are special and they have a voice and purpose in this life. Its about making a difference.
At the end of the day, this thing is so much bigger than me. However, God never said he would call the able...He is interested in the willing. "Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” Exodus 4:10" I am so, so thankful, He chose me.
My challenge to you: what is it that you could do to make a difference. We have a great big world out there that needs the love of Christ. Let's use our past, our talents, our abilities, our inabilities and our willingness to change the world for good!!!