#write31days – Sassy brings me joy

“Is God OK with sassy?”  (That was the burning question I left you with on Friday. Remember?)

Until I could answer the question, I found it hard to even speak.  I didn’t matter how much I LIKE my sassy pants. I didn’t really care if sassy looks good on me or not. I needed to know one thing before I could move on.

Is.

God.

OK.

With.

Sassy?

It took until today to get up the nerve to even Google my question. I’ve been avoiding praying or searching scriptures on the subject.  Why? Because I’m human. I don’t want to hear “no” and I don’t want to be convicted.

is God ok with sassy

Search #1: “Is sarcasm a sin?”

Open Bible’s list of scriptures was towards the top of my search results. They tend to be helpful lists, so I clicked.

The first verse on the list was “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Eph 4:29 ESV).  So much for avoiding conviction.

But then I thought about it.

Does what I write fall under the umbrella of “corrupting talk?”   No, I don’t think it does.   Given that I won’t type cuss words and don’t celebrate my vices (unless you count chocolate) I could hardly be called a bad influence.  The most radical thing I can think of writing is that it’s better to play with your kids than clean your house.

In point of fact, I think I do a fairly good job of following some of Paul’s instructions to the Ephesians. He said “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”  (Eph 5:4 ESV).

So I kept scrolling down the page of scriptures until I found this one.

And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” (1 Kings 18:27 ESV).

Wait.  Rewind that.

Elijah, the famous prophet who was so pleasing to God that he was swept away on a chariot at the end of his life (and presumably taken straight to heaven) is quoted as MOCKING people.   It’s in the story where he challenges the priests of Baal to a cook off (animal sacrifice) with the restriction that the fire be lit by Baal and Jehovah themselves.   When Baal fails to light the wood on the altar for the sacrifice, Elijah MOCKS them.

Was Elijah just sassy?

Huh.  If Elijah, a man of God, can be sassy then maybe God is ok with sassiness at least some of the time. And clearly, God wasn’t ticked off with Elijah over this because God showed up a few verses later (after Elijah has poured water all over his altar and wood) and lights the wood on fire.  (If you don’t remember the story, go read it in 1 Kings. I’ll wait.)

Just with those few verses, I have to say that I’m hopeful.

(Yes, I know… “it depends” isn’t a definitive answer. But at least it’s not a giant NO.)

It looks like I can wear those sassy pants with confidence. After all…

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 ESV)

… sassy brings me joy.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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