Wednesday, April 9, 2008

You Gotta Laugh

I want to see Lynnette Louise in her one-woman show, Thing to Thing to Thing. This energetic woman has enough heart and guts to adopt 8 kids with special needs. She has facilitated huge gains for them and many more clients through her neurofeedback practice. Her niche comedy reminds us to laugh at ourselves and our circumstances. Laughing out loud is healthy. Isn't it also the truest form of comprehension? We laugh out loud in acknowledgment of some truth.

When my son was maybe five years old, my mom posed a pointed question during a visit to our home: "Don't you think it's important to be able to laugh about 'it'? "It" was the "a" word which at that time was unutterable. As a family we were still grappling with acceptance. At that stage of the journey I was bearing down, attempting to fix, willing away any identifying aspects of my son's behavior. It is a sign of progress that now I do laugh.

Prerequisite to being able to laugh at ourselves (and our kids) is having a healthy perspective or world view. Could those moments when its "just not funny" be the times we've lost perspective? When I'm not able to laugh, I know I need to recheck my perspective.

The ultimate perspective is an eternal one. An eternal perspective enables me to not only laugh, but also cope, move forward, think clearly, and accept help from those around me. An eternal perspective reminds me that none of this matters anyway; we are but dust; this earthly life will seem like a quick exhale when we get to heaven; we all get new perfectly functioning bodies and brains in heaven; God is in control.

If you aren't laughing, ask God to give you his eternal lenses.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22

"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." Psalm 126:2


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