I remember Rich Buhler, a marvelous Christian radio talk show host during the 1980s saying something that has stuck with me all these years.
“Most of us haven’t cried all the tears we have. And more important, we haven’t expressed all the laughter we have inside.”
I’d never thought of such a thing before. But the more I reflected on his words, the truer they were for me. I learned in my early years to stuff my tears and to moderate my laughter! Not easy when you’re a kid, right? But I learned and I practiced. “Don’t make a spectacle of yourself” was the silent command.
Over the years since as I changed and grew and challenged myself, I decided to take the risk and allow my real self to come out. What freedom there is when we let loose, go with the flow, and share ourselves without fear.
Does it always work? No. Is it even a good idea to put ourselves on the line? Might not be. Will we regret it? Maybe. What will people think of us? Not sure. What will we think of ourselves? We’ll find out.
But we’ll never know unless we try it. Unless we hitch ourselves to God and follow his lead, opening our hearts, our minds, our souls so that we will enjoy all the fullness of being as God created us, shedding our unshed tears and laughing till we ache.
Most of my life I have been too careful instead of carefree, too proper, too appropriate, too rule-bound. But as I recall Buhler’s words today, I am making room and more time in my life to break out of the rut and to walk on the road to wellness and peace. It’s a lifelong journey, but I’m lovin’ it!
How about you?
My purpose is to give you life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)