UNfriend #7 — Don’t Laugh

Dec 05th 2009

This is my last UNfriend post, after all 7 is a good complete number.  Though I think next week I’ll start a BEfriend series.  So here is my last thought on what unfriends us.  I guess it could easily be a post how to befriend someone…but since this is still an unfriend post.  I’ll look at it from the negative.

I think one of the things that unfriends us, one of the things that disconnects or at least magnifies the disconnection opportunities is our inability to laugh.  We take ourselves so seriously.  Jesus once said, “…anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.  (Luke 18:17)  Kids don’t take themselves so seriously… we take ourselves and our hurts, and our stuff so seriously.  Be willing to laugh with others – even when they are laughing at you!

Take God seriously, yourself – not so much.  A few posts ago I commented on the fact that loneliness is like a virus.  Well laughter is also infectious.  Even The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it creates a bond and defuses an unfriend moment.

Bottom Line:  Taking yourself too seriously, never being willing to play, always pushing pause on the laugh track – it’s like a sign that says “please unfriend me.” So grab a friend and push play on the video below, perhaps a great illustration of Luke 18:17.  But grab someone in the other room and watch because laughing with others is way more fun than laughing alone.

(Thanks to Nancy for alerting me to the laughter!)