“Nobody puts Baby in a corner”-Patrick Swayze as Johnny from the movie Dirty Dancing
Now before anyone gets all huffy about me using this movie. Let me just remind you of a couple of things. One, I didn’t grow up as a believer. And two, I believe God can and does use any and all things to speak to us. This movie in particular may have a few controversial issues, but bear with me and just focus on the quote for now.
Johnny loved Baby. She had become someone who was special to him. She may have been young and naive but in his eyes she showed him strength, kindness, friendship, maturity….and love. Things he wasn’t used seeing in people. Johnny was a different person by the end of the movie and he owed it all to her. Although because of the times and the events that took place he felt he needed to leave her behind he just couldn’t stay away.
When he came back for her, imagine is surprise when he sees this amazing young girl reduced to a childlike punishment of sitting in the corner. Someone like Baby should be out around everyone. She should visible to everyone so they too can see and be affected by her. It is then, that he speaks this famous line from the movie. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner”.
You know, when you look at this quote and the reason Johnny says it, I can’t help but think of the scripture from Matthew 5:14-15 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
See? When something is special it should be seen.
When you have accepted Jesus into your life it changes you. He affects you in the best possible way, from the inside. We are not the same and it shows. Whether we want to or not we become a beacon for all to see the way. Just as it is silly to light a lamp and then hide it, it wouldn’t be right for us to hide our changed selves from others.
The effects of Jesus on our life are meant to be shown to all who wish to see. So they may be guided toward the truth and changed to. If we were to keep that light hidden others wouldn’t get the chance to see and be changed. Jesus is the light of the world. We have the incredible privilege of being the keepers of that light. We are the ones who get to show it off for everyone.
That might mean that we have to put our beliefs out there for people to see even if that means we go against what is popular. It could mean to step out of our comfort zone and serve some way we’ve never served before. We may have to reach out to help someone when we don’t want to. Or give financially when we are afraid to. It could be difficult. It could be uncomfortable.
It could also be a wonderful blessing. And there’s the amazing part. Just by doing what Jesus asks us to do, we not only get to be effective witnesses for him but then Jesus blesses us for doing so. Not only does he allow us to be part of his kingdom work that way, but we reap the benefits as well. It’s mind boggling really. Why oh why would you hide from that under a basket or………in a corner?