So after being super hard on myself following my accidentally-clicking-“publish”-too-soon-after-the-quiet-time-but-before-the-post-was-edited debacle of yesterday (hello, perfectionism issues?) I decided that I needed to cleanse my emotional palate with a good laugh. Not just a chuckle, mind you, but a good old fashioned guffaw.
My (totally faith-based) guilty pleasure of choice? The Babylon Bee. 100% Christian satire. It may not be for everybody, but I tell you, some of the “news” stories have me cracking up. After all, as Christians, we have a reputation for being a little serious and uptight, and I really don’t think that is God’s desire for us. Yes, He wants us to be intentional and purposeful in our faith, but who says that we can’t lighten up a little, too? A little laughter never killed anyone – or at least I don’t think it has. I should probably check the Bee just to be sure….
Anyway, here are some of the Bee headlines from this year that have made me laugh:
- “TGC Announces New Introverts’ Conference Where Everyone Just Stays Home“
- “Churchgoer Leaps Through Window to Escape Holding Hands in Prayer Circle“
- “Church Greeter Sprints Through Foyer to Tackle Man Who Dodged Handshake“
And there are others. So many others!
I am reminded that I sometimes take myself too seriously, and need to lighten up a bit. I am not perfect – far from it – and when mistakes happen, I need to learn to just let things go. Holding onto them and blaming myself accomplishes nothing constructive.
So I decided to laugh. And the Bee helped me a lot. Maybe it’s not your cup of tea (and if not, I get it), but please find something. We all need to exhale and relax a bit, and enjoy a serious laugh every now and again.
This may not come through much on this blog, but I actually have a fairly dry and deadpan sense of humor (and since Daily Thankful is focused on gratitude, it is understandable that this side of me would not be all that evident). However, you should know that it is there. I don’t believe in mocking or attacking anyone, but I do appreciate clean humor and some fairly benign satire from time to time. I hope that you do, too!
Dear Lord, thank You for this reminder that I can take myself too seriously, and I need to let things go. It’s no surprise to You that I am imperfect, but for some reason, I hold myself to ridiculous standards, and then admonish myself when I fall short of the expectations that You never set for me in the first place.
Thanks for giving me opportunities to really laugh. I mean really, really laugh. I’m grateful for the writers at the Bee – You know their heart – and for their efforts to address (sometimes) sensitive issues with humor and lightheartedness. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am grateful for their work, and for the many times I’ve laughed out loud at the articles they have written (although some of them go over my head sometimes).
Laughter truly is good for the soul (and the mind, too). I already feel better! What better way to end the day than with a few LOLs in Jesus’s name? 😀 Amen.