When Tim and I were planning our wedding, which happened 11 years ago this week, we had our list of priorities. #1. We would invite as many people as we wanted to invite, without any excruciating guest list cuts. #2. Stuart Briscoe (my pastor) had to perform our ceremony. #3. We would host a really great dance. Dancing was more important to me than my dress, and I think I dreamed about it more than walking down the aisle.
Last month we went to Mark & Kimmie’s wedding, and they too knew how to prioritize dancing. So, Tim, I, Bill, Kate, Cherstin, Travis, and a host of other people whose names I want to list but won’t, all got out there and shook our stuff.
Dancing is such a leveling experience. Everyone moving, acting goofy, and throwing their hands in the air and their heads back in laughter. It’s about celebrating and moving and acting ridiculous, and even when you don’t know what you’re doing, you find yourself yelling out, “Go Mark, go Kimmie, go-go-go, Kimmie!”
I’ve decided Russell is going to grow up in a bilingual home. He will come from a family that taught him both English and Dance. Grandma gave him this annoying little karaoke machine with the song “Shake, shake, shake your body,” and we play it multiple times daily. It’s fun, it’s silly, and it reminds me of the importance of joy.
There are many disciplines I want in my life, and practicing joy is one of them. Life is hard, really hard. Yet God has built us with a need to celebrate, and sometimes the best way to do that is to dance.
Happy Anniversary, Tim! I love being married to you – and I’m glad we are still prioritizing people and dancing together today. To the rest of you, take a little time for joy today!