When we become too busy or overwhelmed, one of the first things we lose is our ability to see see the humor in daily life. We tend to view everything through the cloudy lens of our frustration and stress. I find myself in this cycle now and then, and I have to step back, breathe, and lighten up!
A few weeks ago, Greg and I had an impromptu date. My dad was babysitting while we met with our accountant for a few minutes, and although we were gone for an hour or so, it obviously wasn't long enough for the kids. When we stopped back to pick them up, they had locked the door and hidden themselves in various places around the house. Like most parents, we didn't mind the extra few minutes to ourselves, and decided to pick up some dinner at Skyline.
Greg quickly determined that it was one of those 'Stephanie needs to chill' evenings, and used his sarcastic sense of humor to my advantage. I don't know how long it had been since I laughed that hard! Within a couple of hours, I felt like a different person simply because of a free, God-given, therapeutic technique...laughter.
|Kaitlynn, our blondie|
Our sweet little blonde gives us at least a laugh a day. Today she came flying in the room (in typical fashion), and said, "Did God have a wife?" Her question caught me off guard, and before I could give her an answer she said, "Well, did He have a son?" Knowing that she knew that answer, I started to remind her, but again she cut me off. "If He didn't have a wife, how did He have a son?" She finished off with, "Now that's a good question, isn't it!" Somehow I don't find myself getting into the technicalities of all of that with her right now. Greg (typical guy) muttered something about God working through Mary, and she said, "Oh, yeah..." and was off to her next busy moment.
God gave her to me to keep me laughing. I'm so thankful for the gift of laughter...it truly is the best medicine!
Action Step: When was the last time you really laughed? Has it been too long? Let yourself relax! Put a smile on your face...that'll get you halfway there! Then put on a Depends or whatever you might need in case your laughter gets you more than you bargain for.
***Job 8:21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.