Humor has taken a bad rap in the Christian society, and I for one; can’t live without it. Too often have we allowed the seriousness of the world drown out our hearty laugh and our “anointing”…yes I used the word anointing to bring joy to someone else as well as myself. As a Lady Leader I recognize the need to address issues with sincerity and wisdom; however we must also protect and nurture our heart and the spirit within ourselves.
As we are nearing the end of the year 2013, I am sure there are many of us whom have experienced some major transitions during this season. Some of us have experienced death in our inner circle; whether it was a death of a loved one, the demise of a business, the transition of a relationship or even coming to a realization of what we thought was….really wasn’t. There are voids which are implanted in our inner man when a separation occurs, and this feel like a death of sorts.
You may ask, how could I possibly find humor in any of the above mentioned circumstances. I may not have found humor in it; but I learned to exercise humor to come out of it.
Listed below are a few of the tools, which I used to honor who I am in God, even during the stages of bereavement.
Solomon shared with us the proper medication for our lives- a joyful heart. When your heart has been crushed, trampled upon and torn, it takes several doses of medication to mend. I’ve learned when prescribed an anti-biotic even though I may “think” I’m better; the required dosage is the entire prescription. I say that to say, continue to smile, practice it, start with just a little curve of the mouth, continue with a small giggle, and I am a witness, as you progress in your healing process a hearty laugh WILL come upon and within you.
Solomon continues to explain to each of us what will happen if we don’t take the proper dosage-A crushed spirit drieth up bones. I know I’ve been in a position where I have cried out…”Can these dry bones live again?”…Lord I acknowledge, I am crushed, will I ever smile again, will I ever laugh again, will a chuckle ever return to me?
I can say with a resounding yes…did it take time? Yes! However I learned and I continue to learn in various situations that nothing is too hard for God and there is no hurt, or wound He cannot heal.
One of the most interesting definitions I found for the word humor was; a state of mind- mental disposition or temperament. With that being said, I have made a decision to place in my spiritual medicine cabinet an unending supply of humor, because I never know when I may need another dose to help me along the way.
Walk In Power,
Dr. BJ Relefourd
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