The blogger at Inspiration and Chai posted a wonderful observance of what people regret as they are dying. Go read it.
One thing that caught my attention was the last of the regrets:
I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
“Not letting old patterns and habits get in the way of joy” is a pretty good summary of my approach to worship. I feel like the emotions of joy and gratitude should be conspicuously present in every worship service, and if we need to get out of our old patterns to do so, then we will.
John Buehrens was guest preacher at our congregation a couple of months ago. During the service, we played Macy Gray’s “Beauty in the World”, and I invited the congregation to clap, dance, or even shake their booty. Some people thought just having a rock band on the stage might rub Buehrens the wrong way. As far as I could tell, he was totally ready to shake his booty to the beauty in the world.
Are you dancing in your chair to the video while you’re reading this? If not, you have our permission!