Is It Just Me?

I wake up early and spend time reading, praying, worshipping, journaling what I heard the Father speak to me during my time with Him. I love hanging out with Him! He bears with me when I’m not totally awake in the morning – when I’m just revving up and might not yet be firing on all cylinders. He gives me much more grace than I deserve.

Usually my husband, a pastor, is nearby reading His Bible at the same time as I am and we will often bounce ideas and thoughts off one another. This is where I often hear the weekend sermon before anyone else does – so my toes are sore before anyone else’s. We both follow the same yearly Bible reading plan and there was recently a time when we were reading in the book of Leviticus. I regularly follow a one year Bible reading plan because it forces me to read parts of the Word that I might not normally go – but some books like Leviticus make me chuckle!

When going through Leviticus, our conversations about what we were reading ranged from my husband’s deep spiritual thoughts to my, “I’m really tired of reading about the proper disposal of innards and taking care of skin rashes.” Am I the only one thinking this way? On days like that my journal entries veer from deep thought to, “Thank You Father that I live in this time and not in a time when skin rashes were so significant!”

It’s a relief to have the freedom with the Father to laugh. I imagine at this time every year when I am making my way reading through Leviticus and have lots of off the wall comments in my journal and conversations with the Father and husband, I give God lots to laugh about. He might even be rolling His eyes a bit at my thought patterns…

Psalm 126:1-2 NKJ “When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing, then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.”

Sometimes we get so serious, so over the top spiritual that we forget to live in the simple joy of what God has done for us. This joy, when we live with it on full display for the world to see, makes us “salty.” Our “saltiness” makes the world thirsty for what we have!

Living in joy has many benefits: not only does it strengthen us (Neh. 8:10) but it makes us a witness to the world. There’s enough sorrow in the world already; if we aren’t full of joy, what do people have to look for in being born again? Nothing since they’re already stressed, mad, and sad. We must give them an alternative worth their time!

Have a laugh today! You’ll feel better, look better, witness better, and be easier to live with when your mouth fills the room with laughter.

Lea Peters

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