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LOL faceIt was April of 1998, my senior year in high school. I received one of the lead roles in the musical “Grease.” I would be playing Roger, a greaser guy. It was dress rehearsal night, our last rehearsal before the big weekend production. My character was known as the “mooning king.” If you remember the movie, I was the one who mooned the cameras during the school dance. Of course, we deleted that scene for the performance. But that is how I got my name in the play. I even had to sing a solo with the song title called “Mooning.” During one of the scenes, another greaser guy….Kenickie….and I were to get in a fight. During the scene, Kenickie was to make fun of me for being the mooning king. He was to egg me on until I got angry with him, and I would swing a crowbar at him. He was to duck, grab my pants, and pants me while calling me the mooning king. Then he would run off stage.

Well, during dress rehearsal night, the scene was going as we always practiced. I was not to wear a belt so the pants would come off easier. I was also to wear shorts underneath the jeans. He was to grab right by my knees, not too high up so he wouldn’t pull anything else down. We rehearsed the scene numerous times, and everything went as planned. During the last rehearsal of the scene, I swung, he ducked, and he proceeded to grab my pants. However, he grabbed my pants way too high, and grabbed more than just my pants, pulling everything down. The small crowd that was there was laughing hysterically as I ran off stage. I wasn’t sure if the other performers off stage were even paying attention. But, sure enough, when I got off stage, they too were laughing out loud. I was told my face was beat red. I’m glad to know I brought laughter to their evening!

Yes, you guessed it. This was the most embarrassing moment in my life. But it’s good to know I can look back and laugh at it. What is your most embarrassing moment? Do you have one that makes people roll on the floor laughing? I’m sure everyone can think of one or even a few. They are always funny to read and bring a smile to my face.

Do you think God has a sense of humor? Do you think Jesus played jokes on His friends to make people laugh? Yes and yes! Check this out….last week here in Seagoville, we were setting record highs, topping out at 110 degrees almost every day. And just last night, a week later, we set a record low of 64 degrees in Texas in the middle of the summer. Now tell me that is not a sense of humor on God’s part.  I’m sure it brought a smile to His face!

ostrich-headOr think of giraffes and ostriches! Can’t you see God chuckling as He created them? Or what about the black and white stripes on a zebra? And what about those lightning bugs? Really? A bug with a light in it?? I’m sure God enjoyed every part of creating some unusual species in the world. Then there’s the time Jesus told Peter to go out and catch a fish, and when Peter caught a fish he found a coin in its mouth….to pay the tax he owed. Out of all the fish in the seas, Peter catches the one with a coin. Can’t you see Jesus rolling on the floor laughing at that! And the time with Peter again…..He must have really enjoyed Peter…..when Jesus told Peter to throw his net on the other side of the boat because Peter was not catching any fish. What happened? Suddenly there were 153 fish in Peter’s net!!! What humor!! And then the Jonah story. God put Jonah in the belly of a whale! Really, how funny is that!!

What about your own life where God must be smiling down on you.  A couple struggling to get pregnant, then having twins! Seeing a beautiful sunset after you’ve had such a rotten day. A medical test that showed you are now healthy after previous troubling news. A butterfly landing on your window after you just buried a loved one. A telephone call from an old friend at just the right moment. An unexpected gift.  Or hearing a song on the radio when you are feeling especially low. These are all special moments that God brings in our lives, and surely they must bring a smile to His face. We may not hear Him laughing, but we can sense His pleasure.

By God’s design, laughter dissolves stress, relieves anger, eases disappointment, lowers blood pressure, and mends relationships. Ask any doctor and they will tell you that when a patient begins to regain his sense of humor, it’s a sign of healing at work.  Psalm 126:2 says, “Our mouths were filled with laughter.” In Ecclesiastes we read “There is a time for everything….a time to laugh.”  God created laughter. He created funny things in life to look at, funny moments to laugh out loud. He also allowed situations in life that we can say is, Jesus laughing“OK, God, very funny. I don’t understand what you are doing, but You do have a sense of humor.” We all experience moments like these on a daily basis. God wants us to laugh and to use what He created to bring glory to Him.  When He answers our prayers in unexpected and creative ways, when He makes a way where there was no way, we can’t help but smile and shake our heads in amusement. And amazement. And know He is doing the same. As it has been said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans!!! Then He will be LOL!!!

Questions, Anyone?

I have been writing this blog for about 18 months now. I hope I have given you a small idea of what my life consists of. Perhaps you have a question or concern that you would like me to elaborate on. If so, please write to me at the address under “About” or make a comment or email lkpslp@sbcglobal.net. I will try to get back at you in one of those ways……or I will write a blog on it! It would be good to hear from you; perhaps my words have reached out to you in some. Let me know!

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Hot Days of Summer!

summer-heatHow hot is hot? What is the hottest you’ve ever been? Do you have any heat related stories? I’ve got some, but then again, I always have stories to tell!

I’ve always been a cold weather person, so hot days are not my favorite. It seems you can always do more in the summer, but a nice, crisp, cold morning always refreshes me. When I think about the hot summer August heat, with the humidity so you can cut it with a knife….. that doesn’t sound pleasant to me at all!

When I was growing up my family went camping quite often. One summer we went with another family to a Missouri state park for the weekend. The temperatures were well into the 90’s during the day so we just sat in the Lake the entire day. Think about having to crawl into a tent to sleep. It was not something any of us wanted to do that weekend. Instead, we all got into a mini-van (10 of us) and drove for a few hours to cool down. The air-conditioning was going full blast and everyone fell asleep….except the driver. I guess it wasn’t much of a camping trip that weekend, since no one really wanted to sleep in the tent. What is sleeping in a van called? That weekend was one of many camping memories I have. And from what I am told, that mini-van never ran the same after that. HA!

Another heat memory I have is hiking down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with my brother. I wrote about this adventure in September of 2014, so for more details, check it out. At the bottom of the Grand Canyon it was well over 110 degrees with absolutely no shade. Hiking the first few miles upward in the middle of the day, from the bottom at the Colorado River was treacherous. But we fully intended on walking to the bottom and back up in one day. It drained us of every ounce of sweat and water from our bodies. We made it to the top after hours and miles of agonizing pain in our legs. It was definitely hot during our hike!

The third story I have involves the heat right now in Texas. Texas is hot. Texas is humid. And we don’t have air conditioning in our unit. You would think every building in the state of Texas should be required to have air conditioning due to the extremely high temperatures. Nope! There are three buildings on this compound with no air conditioning, mine being one of them. The temperatures have been in the 100’s for the past few weeks with no rain for the past six weeks. My unit faces the afternoon sun. Each room has a giant window that opens up only three inches, so the Texas heat is pouring in, making it a legitimate sauna. With the temperature over 100 degrees outside, the temperature inside is 115 degrees. I try to stay outside of the building as much as I can. But once 8:30pm hits, we are required to stay in until 6:30am the next day. I usually take three or four showers during this time which helps somewhat. Even sitting in front of a fan is uncomfortable. But if one is looking to lose weight, it’s a great weight loss program! Then again, it is prison and we’re not supposed to be comfortable, right? Maybe God is preparing me for something He has planned for me in the near future involving the heat. Who knows? I am getting used to it. And I do have a “cool” story to share…..one that involves the heat.

In my unit, there is a small hallway with two offices for the counselors. Both of their offices have air conditioning in them that stays on 24/7. Cold air is constantly shooting out from under the doors. Because the cold air is seeping into the hallway, the hallway is at least 15-20 degrees cooler than the rest of the building. It’s a popular spot to sit and read and play cards when the offices are not occupied. It is also where we have been holding our nightly prayer groups which have been going on since March. Because the book readers, card players and those in the prayer group all converge in this hallway at about the same time every night, God has blessed the prayer group with large numbers the past two months. Inmates who have never prayed and aren’t even Christian have joined in. We invite them and they come…..because it’s “cool.” It has naturally led to some conversations about faith and God. Even in this heat, God is working!

So wherever you are, in whatever kind of situation……hot or cold, sad or happy, stressed or comfortable, sick or healthy…..think about what God is planning through you. I never imagined that God would bring people together in 100+ degrees, but He does. Just imagine what He can do through you in your situation!

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work with us. Ephesians 3:20