When anyone who knows me looks at this blog, the first thing they ask is, “Why Dancing Tibbels?” The fact is, I’m a reserved, introverted, inhibited white guy, and dancing is one of the last things you’ll likely see me do. So why would I name my blog something that doesn’t seem to describe me??
The historical reason is that my friends and I made funny videos together in our college dorm rooms, and we named ourselves “Dancing Tibbels Productions” because my last name is funny to say, and imagining me – the inhibited white guy – dancing is equally hilarious.
But the reason that I salvaged the name into my blog is more serious and genuine. True, it does not describe me very well. It doesn’t even describe my internal spirit well – inside, I’m often bottled, angry, and critical. “Dancing Tibbels” is a vision of who I could be, who I desire to be, and who I believe God desires me to be. It is an image of a joyful, passionate, free me. This is the way that I danced with my wife Natalie for the first time – with joy, love, freedom, and passion. In the same way, I want my life, my words, and my actions to be driven not by fear, anger, or duty, but by God’s love for me and for my neighbors. In his chapter on failure in “The Transformation of a Man’s Heart,” Robert Fryling ends with a prayer where he asks God, “grant me a dancing heart of joy that engages the world around me with you and your kingdom.” This is also my prayer, and I hope that this blog will over the years reflect God’s answer to that prayer.