When I think of ballet, I think of grace. Grace is another aspect of God that flows into our lives when we are connected to Him.
What is grace? With ballet, I think of ease and fluidity in every movement. I think of beauty and poise. I think of being inspired and moved as I watch. When I think of gracious people, there are many similarities. People who live with grace are beautiful and inspiring. Through their own ease with themselves, they put others at ease.
Grace is a gift. It is not something we can strive to obtain. We can only receive it and offer it. No one can earn it. If we could, it would cease to be grace! (Romans 11:6).
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2: 8-9, NIV).
Amazingly, the books of Acts once again (just as with boldness), contains nearly a dozen references to grace. And if you think grace is only a trait for women, you're wrong.
"Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people." (Acts 6:8)
God's grace brings us forgiveness, salvation, and all we need for daily following Him. Our recognition of how much we need his grace helps us to offer grace to those around us, when they mess up, disappoint us, or hurt us. God's grace, freely given, is meant to be shared.
So, as you practice becoming graceful at dance class, remember how important it is to be grace-full in all you do and say. Freely receive. Freely give!