Confessions of a Ninja Ballerina: Humility

First off, you must understand that I AM NOT FULL OF MYSELF. I promise.

Anyways, when you’ve been dancing in your studio since it started, you tend to become one of the better dancers there, one of the senior dancers. You get feeling pretty good about yourself.

And then you go somewhere else.

Somewhere where there are girls who have been dancing seven years longer than you.

And suddenly you’re at the bottom of the ladder when you were previously on the top.

My first experience with this was at Ballet Magnificat. There I was surrounded by two hundred girls, half of which were way more talented than I was.

I was in the lower half of the levels the first year and it was weird for me.

But there are two ways a little forced humility can affect you. You can let it destroy your self-confidence and eat away at you until you hate whatever it is you’re doing, or you can let it motivate you.

I chose to let the experience drive me towards a goal.

Over the course of the next year, I worked harder than I ever had before. And I accomplished my goal of reaching level 9 this past summer. Even then, however, I was in the bottom half of level , still dwarfed by the beautiful girls there.

But that’s ok, because I came home motivated again. I don’t really have a goal, besides to get better, but that’s ok.

Even just going to another studio in town with Golden Boy has been a sufficiently humbling experience. The girls there are soooo good.

So don’t let a little reality destroy you. It can be extremely healthy if you let it.

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How to Get Your Friends to Disapprove of You in 1 Easy Step

Thought I’d re-surface the dating series from a few months ago. This post is not meant to offend anyone, simply to explain to the perks of dating in high school.

Dance In The Rain

Step 1: Be a Christian who dates in high school. (If you’re homeschooled, this adds to the effect.)

 

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Okay, so maybe this isn’t the most effective way for most of you. In order for this to work you need to be Christian, with Christian friends who aren’t allowed to date yet. And like I said, it works best if you and your friends are homeschooled.

I have nothing against my friends who think dating in high school isn’t the greatest idea. However, there are some fantastic perks to dating in high school.

  • Boundaries are already set by parents.

Let’s face it, for some of us, boundaries are not easy to maintain. In dating, this can be dangerous. But, when you date in high school, your parents set the boundaries… and there are awful consequences if you step outside those boundaries. Come on, who likes getting yelled at by disappointed…

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Are Christians Hateful?

Before I start, I will admit that there are some Christians who are very mean and hateful towards people they think are in the wrong. We are not perfect. Christians make mistakes too.

Now, people have been accusing me as being hateful by saying things like homosexuality are a sin. There is apparently something unacceptable about confronting people and telling them what they are doing is wrong. It is hateful to tell them they are sinning.

Is it hateful to tell a murderer he killed someone and it’s wrong?

Is it being hateful to tell a kleptomaniac to stop stealing things for his own good?

No.

Why is it wrong to tell a homosexual that he or she is sinning?

Think about it. If someone you love is doing something that will hurt them down the road, what do you do? Do you tell them that thing is ok as long as they’re happy even though you are perfectly aware that it will hurt them later? Or do you tell them they need to stop and repent?

The second option seems more loving to me. If you love someone you want them to happy, safe, and healthy. Forever.

I believe it is much more hateful to not share God’s Word with people.

Yes, we have to be careful about how we word things, but it is love that compels me to talk about these things. I want people to turn to God.

There is no hate for people in my heart when I am writing my posts. Only hate for sin.

I hope you understand my reasons for defending that I am doing this in love.

What Makes it Worthwhile

Sometimes I wonder if I’m supposed to be blogging. Honestly, it makes some people very angry.

My posts on feminism and homosexuality got lots of hateful comments or people arguing with me in a way meant to make me feel bad, stooping to name-calling at times even.

My series of posts on dating damaged a friendship for a while, which hurt.

Why do I persist?

Well, it honestly doesn’t matter how many people I offend. It doesn’t matter how many times I get cussed at or called stupid.

It matters how many people I touch. How many people I reach.

I believe I am doing the right thing. I pray about my posts and comments and firmly believe that Christians are meant to be outspoken about issues like these.

As long as I get one person who says “Thank you for that” or just one person who saw a new, good perspective, then all the persecution is worth it. Every word that hurt me, every uncomfortable situation is worth one person saying that my post helped them consider what God has to say.

I am not completely selfless or else I would say I am doing this entirely to bring people to God. Sometimes I blog for me. Yes, I like the popularity. I’m human.

But at the core of it all I want to bring God glory. I want to show people what I have seen  in the truth of the Bible. I do not think I am self-righteous. I do not believe I am better than anyone else and I hope I do not come across that way. I just want people to see God in the issues we’re dealing with today.

That is why I blog.

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Eve is tomorrow.

Christmas Eve already.

This time of year brings about celebrations of the birth of Christ, of family, friends, and food.

Every family has their traditions no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. They are what make this time of year rise above any other.

For my family it starts on Christmas Eve with our Christmas dinner. Afterwards we attend our church’s Candlelight Service, a lovely time of singing Christmas hymns, which I adore.

We come home to dessert and possibly a Christmas movie. Before bed we read three stories, starting with the original Christmas story, the birth of Jesus Christ. That is followed by ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and then our family favorite; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with facial expressions and voices from my mother.

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My little brother and I head to bed, but I’m usually the only one sleeping for a while. Christmas starts with Josh waking me up around 4. We aren’t allowed to our parents up before 5,  so he tries to get me to play games and such.

Amidst going through stockings and opening presents, we eat lil’ smokies and homemade cinnamon rolls. Afterwards my mother makes her absolutely divine biscuits and gravy.

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The rest of our lazy Christmas Day is spent talking to family over the phone, figuring out our presents and watching old movies, my favorite being Elvis movies.

Christmas is a great time of year to spend time with your family and remember what all God has given to us.

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What are some of your Christmas traditions? Or do you celebrate Hanukkah? I’d love to hear some stories!

Feminism and Christianity

This is one of my favorite posts. If you didn’t read it the first time around, please read it now. 🙂

Dance In The Rain

It doesn’t work.

You cannot call yourself a Christian and a Feminist at the same time, not in today’s society. Once upon a time feminism may have been about the right for women to vote or to work but not anymore.

So why doesn’t feminism mesh with Christianity? Let’s see what some of the leading figures of modern feminism have to say…

” It is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to live individually with men… All of history must be re-written in terms of oppression of women. We must go back to ancient female religions like witchcraft” – The Declaration of Feminism , November 1971.

……. Witchcraft….. How lovely.

“God is going to change. We women… will change the world so much that He won’t fit any-more.” – Naomi Goldenberg, Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions…

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Science or Religion today?

Here’s another note on my posts about homosexuality:

They were not born that way.

I know I said it before, but some people had a hard time swallowing my religious explanations, so here is some science backing me up.

There are studies on identical twins showing that homosexuality is not genetic and that you can’t actually be born that way.

http://www.hollanddavis.com/?p=3647

There’s the URL to the study and if you google the subject you can find more.

Tell me what you think, since this is actual science with actual statistics and what-not.