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What Color Is Our Kitchen?

Monday, September 9, 2019

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“I think too many people are too serious, especially when it comes to poking fun at themselves or – heaven forbid – for someone to poke fun at them. I suppose there are those that think it is ‘insensitive and boorish’, but gosh I don't think God wants me, or any of His children, to go around like big sourpusses all of the time. For crying out loud, don't take yourself so seriously all of the time. Lighten up!” – Bob Williamson

A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to preach at my home church, Cornerstone Baptist Fellowship in Sebastian FL. Just before I stepped onto the platform, our pianist let out a gasp and started giggling. It seems that she – after playing the same piano for the past four years – had just noticed a “new” feature for the very first time. She was so excited that she had to share the good news with the rest of the congregation.

Her transparency got me to thinking and so, I shared a similar self-effacing story about myself.

About 15 years ago, I was trying to think of a present to give Deanna. I don’t remember if it was for her birthday, Mother’s Day or some other important occasion. However, I do remember that Deanna’s lone request was she wanted something for our kitchen.

Wanting to make sure that I bought the right item – and wanting it to match perfectly – I made a phone call to our daughter, Bethany. Swearing her to secrecy, I asked the following question: “What color is our kitchen?”

I wish I could say that we had just moved into that house a few weeks earlier, but the truth of the matter is that we had already lived there for several years. There was no excuse for me not knowing the color of our kitchen other than to say that many men just aren’t that observant when it comes to home interiors.

My point in sharing this story is the same one that Bob Williamson made in today’s quote: don’t take yourself so seriously and remember to laugh at yourself when you do something funny... or stupid. Life has too many important matters – health, finances, jobs, family, and above all, eternity – that maintaining a sense of humor serves as a good “pressure release” valve.

Chuck Swindoll once said, “Take life seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously.” I couldn’t agree more.

“A merry heart does good, like medicine…” Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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