But it was frustrating. I still don't understand what it means to scoop my abs and keep my powerhouse engaged. I'm guessing something is engaged, which is why I end up sore, but I had to concentrate on flexing certain muscles and somehow controlling my movements, and it was exhausting.
After a little while, I decided to try a dance video I had. It's challenging because it's fast paced and has some specific moves that are tricky, but the leader has clear explanations and it is fun, so I dove into it.
"You can't do this wrong. Whatever you're shaking works for me."
I actually started to cry, right then and there. The simple statement that I couldn't do it wrong broke something inside me that had been so concerned about doing it right and I felt myself flooded with relief.
We are bombarded by images of how to do things right. Live green. Be frugal. Give generously. Juggle job and family. Be active at church. Drive a good car. Eat healthy. Scoop your abs. Engage your powerhouse. We don't realize just how much the influx of ideas of what is right steers us to avoid "wrong". We worry about whether we have figured it out or if we need to adjust. We're constantly glancing out of the corners of our eyes to see how everyone else is doing, determining our own success and worth in comparison.
How does God feel about all of that?
When someone asked him point blank what the most important commandments were, Jesus didn't hesitate. Love God. Love others.
Let me encourage you to stop stressing about all the other junk that just doesn't matter. He said to love, so do it. If it's your family, great. If it's your coworkers, great. If it's the stranger on the street, great. If it's your estranged sibling, great. If it's God, great.
You can't love wrong. Whomever, however, wherever you're loving works for Him.