Laugh it Off

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart, the spirit is crushed.” Proverbs 15:13

There are people out there that laugh off their embarrassing moments. Then there are those like myself who turns beet red and hope the ground can swallow me whole. A few years ago, there was an embarrassing moment that ended up helping me not to take myself so seriously and to help me see the humor in life.

There are days when we have to make purchases that cause embarrassment, namely feminine products. My father and I went to Costco on Saturday morning, one of the busiest times to shop. I needed to get feminine products, and like in true Costco fashion, those boxes are humungous with large printing of the brand name. As I walked past the aisle and saw them, I asked my father to bring the cart as close as possible so, I could drop it in and hide it amongst the other items in the shopping cart. My dad came over with the cart, he picked up the box, raised it in the air and yelled, “is this the kind you use?” I. wanted. to. die.

The people around stopped and looked at my father and then at me and all begin to laugh. One of the people laughing had the same item in their cart. However, I found myself starting to laugh too. From that day forward, I proudly bought feminine products because I realized, thank God my body worked as God intended.

Sensitive people, like myself, fear the backlash of embarrassment. But we can take comfort that God isn’t embarrassed by us. He loves and treasures us. There are already plenty of severe matters in the world that could keep us from enjoying ourselves. Have a good laugh and make room for joy in our heart.

Lesson Learned: The embarrassing things in life, do not define us. Let us laugh at ourselves and enjoy this gift of life.

Prayer:
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you, Lord to not take me so seriously. Help me see the fun in uncomfortable situations. Forgive me that I am embarrassed over insignificant things. Let those situations build character and not remain the only memory of me. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

Growth Happens

“…but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”                                     1 Corinthians 13:10-12

 

The physical, cognitive, and emotional growth that takes place in a child, from birth to age 12, is quite a significant amount.  I have the privilege of watching that growth in my child. However, we can forget that this type of growth continues to happen throughout our lives.

 

My daughter and I went to Target to look for things she may want to have for her birthday. I noticed a young lady, notepad in hand, who was there for the same reason.  She said out loud, “nothing seems interesting, I can’t believe I don’t want any toys.” My daughter looked at me and said, “I feel the same way.”

 

A part of me felt sad that my little girl is growing up.  I am excited to see all that God has created her to be. I am many years older than my daughter, and I am too, experiencing growth in many areas of my life.

 

There are many interests that I used to have, that don’t anymore.  I have learned that between the ages of 38 to 52, a midlife awakening begins. There were many days where I loved going out to hockey games and staying out late.  Now, I go to bed at the time I used to want to go out. My priorities have shifted in all areas of my life.

 

My daughter had a well-check appointment with her pediatrician.  The doctor explained some changes that she may encounter this year as she gets closer to her teenage years.  My daughter began to cry. The doctor asked her why she felt sad. She told the doctor, “growing up is scary, being an adult seems so scary.  I want to stay a child and not have to deal with it.”

 

A change is scary and unwanted.  However, change is inevitable. Instead, we must embrace change and hope for growth and birth something new and fruitful.  Whether it is coming upon puberty, changing careers, losing family members or any significant life changes, we must trust that the Lord knows our needs and wants us to become what He intended.  When we believe in that hope, we can hope for something good because God is good!

 

Lesson Learned:  May there be hope in the growth to bring us to where God wanted us to be.

 

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for guidance when I encounter change.  In every situation, may I grow and gain knowledge. Thank you for wisdom and discernment.  Help me make godly decisions. Thank you for leading the way, Father God. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”