My car’s broken down, it’s pouring rain, I work 6 days a week, and I can’t take a vacation right now.
Life is good.
I mean that sincerely.
Life is pretty darn good.
What a great option considering the alternatives.
We are used to sarcasm. We’re used to insincerity and irony, used to the twist of the tone in our voice for the sake of humor.
We’re used to someone saying “Life is good” and meaning that it couldn’t really get any worse , that “I’m making it…but I’m swimming upstream to do it. But, you know, LIFE IS GOOD!! hahahaha…yeah, right, life is goooooood.”
I don’t know how all that started.
But life is really good.
And then you have a small concern that if you say that life is sincerely good, that someone else will take it as an affront, that they’ll think “where does he get off saying his life is so goooooood while I’m standing over here with a parking ticket in my hand?! It’s a freaking ticket!!! My day is ruined. That’s pretty darn insensitive to take attention away from my dark cloud.”
You have to be a sensitive person to not spoil someone else’s bad day.
So it’s pouring down rain here. Pouring buckets of rain.
I guess that I could be out in the yard, shaking my fist at the sky, cursing each drop that falls onto my bare head, giving up my birthright in anger because I just can’t handle this thing that happens in some form every single day of my life.
It’s always the weather, man.
Good or bad, whatever my feelings about something like the changing weather are in that specific moment, the weather is always around me.
I don’t run from the weather. I can’t outrun the weather.
I can’t race time. I can’t race life.
So today I will deliver the mail in the pouring rain.
And…life is good.
Wet sometimes….but good.
What does the Bible say? Something like, “Let your yay be yay, and your nay be nay.”
I guess that it’s saying to just be straightforward.
If you have something to say, say it straight.
Be true. Be a true person.
Now, I love to kid around. I’ll say the craziest things with a straight face just to see what the reaction is going to be.
I always make sure that people know that I’m joking….there’s no sense letting the joke get out of hand…but I do like to kid around.
Sometimes that’s not very efficient.
It might be fun for me….it’s fun to tease the people I like…but it’s not really very efficient. I’m sure that sometimes people are praying I’d quit screwing around and just get to the point.
Maybe I should quit goofing off?
Awww, who am I kidding? I’m addicted. I’ve got to try and see some humor in all this life. I know there’s hard things in the world….but I’ve got to try and have at least a little fun for a while.
I’ve got to take a little of the edge off of a world that can occasionally be kind of hard.
The weather is a given. It is a conclusion that I can’t predict or control.
It’s bigger than me.
But, really….what isn’t bigger than me?
That’s a good life lesson to remember when things are going so good.
I mean that.