Doin’ the Hokey-Pokey

You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in,
And you shake it all about,

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around
That what it’s all about.

Repeat with:
1) right hand
2) left hand
3) right foot
4) left foot
5) head
6) heart
7) whole self

We’ve all watched kids play the hokey-pokey, many of us have even played ourselves.

Often when playing the hokey-pokey the line or boundary that we’re placing ourselves over or across is a rope, twig, or might have even been imaginary. Whatever the case, that boundary is not a thing of substance like the fortified cities of medieval times. In fact the boundary could be called imaginary.

…and perhaps that imaginary boundary of this silly childish game helps to illustrate that all of the most important boundaries on our life, while unseen by the human eye are very real indeed.

The society, led by media, and impacted heavily by the rebels of the ’60’s have taught us that seeing is believing. …but is it really?

Pictures are airbrushed & touched up, sitcoms are staged and we mostly see the lies people hope we believe vs. the lives they are trying to hide. Truly authentic and real people are so rare that we social media to check their credentials for “realness”. Where are the boundaries really though?

Is our boundary when we say that we will dress modest? Is the boundary when we choose to hold to the sanctity of marriage by deliberately choosing wait until after marriage to have sex? Is the boundary when we conduct our behavior in a manner that is unquestionable, when we are honest when it would be easier not to be. I’ve always heard that is integrity is how you conduct yourself, your behavior, and how you choose to act when no one’s watching…when no one is there to ” catch you”.

If we are dressing immodest, it’s not the guy oggling our cleavage or wolf whistles that crosses the boundary, we crossed the boundary when we allowed ourselves to entertain the thought of can I get by with this?

A man, or woman, who is caught in an affair have crossed many boundaries-the biggest one was when they mentally toyed with the “what if” and “who will know”.

In today’s world shows like Paradise Island, the Bachelor, the Bachelorette, Real Housewives, Desperate Housewives and a host of other reality shows have sold us what the devil’s idea of a real relationship is. This may be a popular idea of what relationships are, and in fact it might be the reality some people choose to live in-but this isn’t God idea of a real or a healthy relationship. Its a distorted view, a distorted idea conceived by satin himself to have the most deadly impact not only on individuals themselves, but also on families, single people and society overall.

In reality we are all doing the hokey-pokey, we are either all in or all out. We can’t have sex with only a piece of our body…the whole body is impacted. We can’t lust after something God has put a boundary around, premarital sex, or extra-martial sex or even same sex romantic relationships, or perhaps none of those things are your problem but you’re overweight or your a diabetic and instead of eating as you ought you choose trample boundaries all of your body and heart is effected. Whatever physical boundary you choose to ignore it was first an invisible heart boundary. Whether you have a problem with weight or wait…you’re either all in or all out.

What issues do you have in your life that you’re playing the hokey-pokey with?

James 1:2-8 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

When we don’t respect the invisible boundaries when we choose to play the hokey-pokey with weight and wait…every part of our being is effected.

Our health journey starts with cleaning up wait issues first. Until we are honoring Gods laws on boundaries and wait, we will continuously struggle with weight.


Because when we trample one boundary it is a gateway for a million other issues.

Friends, I’m praying that you stop playing hokey-pokey with your wait, so that your weight issues can be addressed.

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