A couple of weeks back, I started my day off just right and I’m still thinking about it. I sat down with my omelet to catch a bit of news from the Today Show—the second hour, because some days you can handle all the bad news and some days you just want the fluff. After my fill of bad news for the week (wait, was it only ?), I waited for the fluff. The puppy dog stories, the happy Olympics news, and so on. And it paid off. I got to watch Dolly Parton sing 9 to 5 on my television. It was a party with me and my dog and my omelet. And so you can get the visual with me, she was singing in THIS:
If you know me well, you know that I wish I had the confidence of Dolly Parton, because I would totally wear this ensemble every single day. I’m not kidding.
What can I say? I love Dolly Parton. How many women do you know that stick to their guns about their marriage, their faith, their music, their rhinestone fashion sense for their whole adult life? She’s been married for 50 years. She’s dressed and sang like she wants for just as long.
So I’m inspired by her today. And a lot of you, too. I have a friend who is amazing and beautiful and interesting and smart and there are a lot of things I admire about her, but here is the one that just blows my mind--she has taught the same aerobics class for over 30 years. WHAT?! I have trouble sticking to any exercise program for 30 minutes. I admire this because she loves it and it revs her engine and she feels alive doing it and it honors God, so she does it. She doesn’t check the cultural temperature before deciding if she should keep on being herself. She just lives the life God gave her, the way God made her, and glorifies Him doing it.
I seriously hope you have women in your life like this. We all need them. If you hang around me or Glow any length of time you will hear me say things like this over and over and over. And you will hear or read this Verse over and over, as well:
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
Did you catch that last part? Let US run with endurance the race God has set before US. You run your race! It’s different than mine. I have to run the course set before me. But I am to run with endurance! And when I see you running yours, I get inspired! Our races are different. Sadly, we aren’t all called to wear fantastic rhinestone jumpsuits and have our own theme parks. But we all face hard things, and have crazy joyful moments, and have to climb steep hills, and get to see amazing new starts. So they’re similar, too. And when I see you tackling the same emotions and highs and lows as me, even though they come through different circumstances, it helps me. Motivates me. Pushes me.
And judge me if you will, but when I see Dolly Parton sing 9 to 5 in all of her glorious sparkles, it gives me just the right amount of mojo to get my glitz on and get going.