How do you handle being laughed at?

There is little success where there is little laughter. 
     ~Andrew Carnegie
 
 
Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
~ Matthew 5:11-12
 
     This is a tough one.  I get the laughing part.  I know it is essential for healing, for moving forward, for health.  But sometimes, it is hard to laugh when you are being spotlighted for reasons that are unkind, ill-timed, or right on the  money.  I know that I stopped frequenting a local store because I witnessed them laughing and pointing at me when I was trying to park my car and it was obvious the space was too small. Thinking about it again, I am sure it was funny to watch.  It was a futile effort to begin with, but I was sure the space would work for my small car.
     No matter who laughs at you, for whatever reason, if you are not aiming for laughter, it is hard to take.  If, however, it is because of Jesus, if it is because of one’s loyalty to God, that is another thing altogether.  The hard part is how to receive it.  My mom taught me to laugh at myself.  So when I got picked on, I laughed with them if I could.  The trick is being able to get to that place and recover either instantaneously, or privately later.
     So I ask you; how do you handle being laughed at, and being laughed at for the sake of Jesus?
 
I wish you laughter today.  At least one good belly laugh, 
Because of Him
Linda
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