Lessons Learned From Dancing With The Stars: God Equips The Called

Photo via ABC
Photo via ABC

It’s been a little while since I’ve given you a taste of my love for reality TV and this week was BIG.

Not only did we have the premiere of a new season of The Bachelorette (I’m both so proud and so embarrassed to tell you that I’m in a Bachelorette bracket with some of my friends), but it was also the season finale of Dancing With The Stars…

I’ll be honest, I’ve never really watched Dancing With The Stars before, but for some reason, this season, I was hooked.  Mainly for three reasons:


1.  Meryl and Maks–I mean their chemistry is amazing!  Do you think they’ll really get married and have Russian, ice skating babies??  Let’s hope so!


2.  James and Peta–from day one, inquiring minds wanted to know: are they or aren’t they an item??  Was their kiss Monday night real or just for votes?  My vote?  They are definitely dating!!

But, as a child of the nineties, my most favorite reason is number 3:


3.  The incredible Candace Cameron Bure aka D.J. Tanner from Full House.

I loved her for so many reasons…

  • She wasn’t shy about talking about her faith and how it was only God who carried her through each round.
  • She held true to who she was as a wife and mom and didn’t feel the need to abandon those posts in an attempt to win votes, she was always a tasteful, class act.
  • Even when she was in the bottom three time and time again, she didn’t give up.  She kept pushing herself, always trying to improve.

And there she was last night in the final three, on either side of two Olympic champions, in what I would argue was one of the most competitive seasons ever.

I mean, she beat out an Olympic gold medal winning ice dancer and not one, but TWO, teenage boy banders to get to the finals (everyone knows the teenage boy banders rank in the votes like no other!).

Was she one of the best technically?  Nope!

But her faith, determination, and perseverance kept her going until the end.

She proudly finished in third place, knowing she had pursued excellence from the beginning of her journey.

I think sometimes we find ourselves in a place where we feel so out of our league and think, “How in the world did I get here?!”  We feel inadequate, surrounded by people who seem more talented, more equipped, more prepared than we are…

But just like our beloved D.J. Tanner, we can’t discount that God places us exactly where He wants us to be.  Rather than shrinking away, we should step up with confidence, knowing that if God has called us to something, He will NOT leave us!

Someone, far wiser than I, once said,

“God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the ones He calls.”

If you find yourself in a place where you feel like a little David in a sea of Goliaths, don’t shrink away and don’t give up!  Trust that God has you right where He wants you, and He will be faithful to equip you with every good thing you need for accomplishing His purposes in you and through you!