Celebrating The Sillies

I know You delight in me. Psalm 41:11

I have one sister.

No brothers. Nor did I grow up around boys.

For the most part it was my mother, mamaw, my sister and me. And my dad.

But for the most part….Girls. And girls’ humor, I am finding, if very different than boys’ humor.

Great emphasis on very.

I was far from prepared for all of these men in my life. Two years ago it all began.  When Grant turned seven-years-old. It seemed that within the first hour of his seventh birthday, the spirit of silly came upon the child.

I confess, I am not a fan of the sillies.  The voices.  The faces.  The “funny” jokes.  Bunny ears in pictures.  The wiggles that come over his body….well, all of the time.

And not to mention…the poopy humor.  I must not forget that. Why is poo so funny to boys?  Would someone tell me?

God has refined me greatly since bearing our little offsprings.  Motherhood is nothing shy of a crash course in “Dying to Self.” And one of the biggest deaths to myself is embracing what I call The Sillies.

Not only embracing them, but celebrating them. For the longest time I deflated Grant’s every attempt to get a laugh out of me with his silly/annoying “made up” jokes or a funny faces.  But then one day, I heard the Lord whisper to me… I delight in you, Becky.  With all of your quirks.  With all of your sillies.  I rejoice and celebrate everything about you.  As a parent, do the same.

My command is this:  Love each other.  As I have loved you.  John 15:12

I can only imagine how often my behavior deserves a good eye-roll from the Father.  My silliness could easily be a disgrace to His Holy Integrity.  But He doesn’t roll His eyes.  He delights in me {Psalm 41:11}.

Delights (chaphets) to be pleased with. to take pleasure in.

I know that some of you may not have this struggle as a parent.  But if you do…Let us take “great pleasure” in our children today!  Even when The Sillies come on them.  Even when their jokes really aren’t that funny.  Let us choose to give them an honest belly laugh.  Let us give them an opportunity to express their blossoming creativity in the silliest way.

After all, the more I think about it, the fruit can’t fall too far from the tree, right?

Reflect and Respond:

What are some of the “Sillies” that you see at your house? Any funny stories out there?

Power Verse:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34

10 thoughts on “Celebrating The Sillies

  1. love. the sillies are hard for me too, but I really TRY to tune in, listen up, make eye contact, and laugh like I am dying b/c they so long to know they are enjoyed…just like we do! thanks for this!

  2. Chris is a comedian, so it’s always silly around here. Other than the boys practicing one-liners or comedy bits, we sing songs ALL of the time! Sometimes they’re silly, sometimes they’re just regular. There are almost always actions &/or [bad] dance moves. It’s like a musical {but a cool one like “Across the Universe” or something!} It’s the best when Cody humors me by dancing or something!

  3. I feel you Becky!! After having a sister, to 3 boys and a husband it’s a big change! The sillies are everywhere!!! I just try to enjoy them no matter what:)

  4. Becky, after reading this, I’m thinking you probably didn’t appreciate my “Me! Me! Me! Pick me!” I posted when you asked who was still participating in the Gospel reading. Sorry, and oops! 😉 Anyway, I could go on for days about the sillies taking place ’round here. I have two boys and a girl, and my girl gets the silly giggles over the things her daddy and brothers come up with to entertain us. Pretty cute. Well, my little ones are taking AR tests in the school library, and the beginner reader books they are working on now have an alphabetical list of words at the end of each book. Those are the words that appeared in the book, and they are supposed to read the list, in addition to reading the book. I may or may not have pointed out that the “B” section included “big, blue, but.” Now neither one of them can look at a list of sight words without getting a serious case of the giggles. Big OOPS!!!

  5. I am the mom of 3 boys and yes I struggle with the sillies, thank you for the encouragement that I can learn to laugh at my boys and at myself more often! MW

  6. Hi Becky
    What a beautiful, awesome bunch of silly Billy’s you have! I grew up with 4 brothers and to survive childhood, I reluctantly had to be a silly Billy myself. Just as well, because our Lord blessed me with the two greatest silly Billy’s of all time when He decided it was time for me to be a mom. Thanks for the good laugh.

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