I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – G. K. Chesterton, A Short History of England

Happiness makes for great dancing posture. And for those of us who aren’t happy, Amazon sells a “clavicle brace and posture support” so we can fake it.

I’m kidding.

That said, it doesn’t take long to realize that I’m an incredible dancer when life is great. But life isn’t always great. In fact, sometimes – more often than what’s comfortable – life is hard.

By this point in the dance lessons, I’ve learned that to put on appearances is to march. I’ve traded in my marching boots for dancing shoes. I’ve abandoned a life driven by performance so I might live in abandon through the Spirit.

So the question arises: How can I dance beyond my circumstances?

How can I dance with shoulders back and head high when heavy circumstances put a definite slump in my posture? Is there any hope beyond Amazon’s clavicle brace?

Yes. Absolutely. The solution to dancing through life’s circumstances is beautifully simple.

Give thanks.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)

I know what you’re thinking: “Pete, I just lost my job. My spouse just left. My house will be repossessed next month. Or, my child just said the most hurtful thing.”

I’m asking you. Try asking Jesus to be thankful through you today, no matter what. See what happens. It’s the ultimate perspective shifter as your focus shifts from circumstances to the Lord who is good and loves you forever.

Father, Giver of All, I want to believe that I can dance through every circumstance, but some paralyze me. I thank You for Your Spirit who dwells in me and leads me. May my list of gratitude be so lengthy that as I gaze toward the heavens, I lose my balance for one step, then two steps, and before I know it, I’m back in the dance again. Amen.