variouschildren-300x225By Tanya Wilson

You may remember the children’s nursery rhyme “Hokey Pokey,” and if so, you will recall the final verse that says, “You put your whole self in, you take your whole self out, you put your whole self in and you shake it all about, you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about.”

Despite this being a children’s rhyme, I hear something very different these days when I reflect on this youthful game.

“Put your whole self in,” in other words, be clear about what you commit to in your life, and with your whole heart, be faithful.

There is nothing worse than your setting goals based on what you believe your life has called you to do, and then your spending more time putting off the necessary work to make it successful, than you spend perfecting it. Add to that, if you have involved others in the process and set about wasting their time along with you own.

Phillippians 4:8 offers good advice on the subject, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Our life’s gifts are just that, gifts! That gift is given to us to do something with. There is a purpose in the present. Most often our gifts are beneficial to others when we truly walk in the fullness of them. At the same time, when ignored and misused, no one benefits, not even you.

Let us begin to move in the direction of completion, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to reaching our greatness. As the rhyme continues it says, “shake it all about!” Shake up those gifts and get moving in the direction of your destiny. Your best life is waiting for you to arrive, that’s what it’s all about!

tanya-pk4 (1)Tanya M. Wilson is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte N.C. You can reach her at

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