Song Receiver's Tip of the Week - January 30, 2012

Laugh at Yourself -

I am convinced this is why I have children! Having open and honest relationship with my children guarantees I will hear whenever I act in a hypocritical way. The older I get, the more joy I find in learning to laugh at myself...especially when I think I have it all together. The Lord has amazing ways of reminding me that I’m the clay and He is the Potter! While driving down our country road with my children one day, one of my boys was talking with me about basketball. I was enthralled with the countryside around me. Just as Judah was commenting about a certain player in the NBA, I was making a comment about the mockingbird that flew across the road in front of me. I was in Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) mode, being the smart outdoorsman-expert-dad. Judah saw someone else in his mind involving the conversation he was having with me. His take on the moment? “Dad, you’re scaring me.” Rather than become upset at how my children did not see the importance of my ‘teaching moment,’ I saw the utter hilarity from my son’s perspective and began to laugh. I am too old to not enjoy my life. This joy can only serve to enhance my creative abilities and insights. Humility really is key in learning to laugh at one's self. Laugh and gain a new perspective today. -

A joyful heart is good medicine,

But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22 NASB

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written by Laura Leigh Stanlake , January 30, 2012

I laugh at myself and at my particular weirdnesses. I find it keeps me from being paralyzed when I need to change directions...when I need to ask forgiveness...when I need to rethink my position...
I really needed to learn this skill so that I could grow and change. I also tend to have some humor about some really serious issues of my life.
Joy brings great strength.

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