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The Story Behind Our Comedy Collection

The Story Behind Our Comedy Collection

When you study joy in the scriptures, you’ll discover that joy is not what most people think joy is. Christians typically think of joy as a sheepish grin plastered on the face of someone having a good time. Others think joy is simply a response. But coming from someone who learned joy the hard way, I can tell you it’s much more than that.

 

You see, a few years ago, I (me, Staci, the co-owner of the company) was homeless. I’d moved to Sarasota Florida but unfortunately jobs were few and far between. As such I had to spend 57 days living in a shelter and out of a 5 x 5 storage unit. Because Sarasota is a tourist town, the only jobs available were in housekeeping. Thankfully, I secured two part time positions which afforded me the opportunity to work less than 20 hours a week on both. And though small, I was still thankful for the minimum wage and occasional tips.

 

During that time, my days consisted of: Having to be out of the shelter every morning at 4:30 am. Waiting on the 5:30 am bus to take me to my 5 X 5 storage unit so that I could get a change of clothes. Thereafter, I’d fix a sandwich and sleep a few more hours and ride another bus to the library so that I could put in more housekeeping applications. Once I secured the housekeeping jobs, I’d clean rooms until about 1 pm and then catch the bus back to the library; only to have to wait there until intake at the shelter which didn’t begin until 6 pm. So from 1 – 6pm, I had to find something to do to stay busy while not appearing homeless in a tourist town where Blacks were definitely the minority.

As you can imagine, that was a very dark and depressing time which is why one day, God put it on my heart to be intentional about laughing. When that thought came to my heart, I was like, “Laugh?” But somehow I knew it was God, and from that moment on, I started being intentional about my laughter.

 

During those down hours, I’d take a few bucks, go to a fast-food spot, order something, charge my phone and sit and watch The Playmakers -  @kevonstage, @jsonfredericks, and @mrantdavis until I’d laugh. At first, I laughed inwardly cause I didn't want anyone to see this random homeless looking chick, bustin' out laughin' in fast food spot. But over time, I'd belt one out. I didn’t care who heard me because I knew this was something God told me to do. At the time I didn’t understand what God was doing but now I know God was giving me joy.

Proverbs 17:22 says, ‘A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.’

​That laughter caused my heart to become merry and became my prescription for depression.

Nehemiah 8:10 says, ‘…do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’

That laughter became the joy that gave me the strength to go through homelessness. And that same joy is the reason some are able to enjoy themselves after the loss of a loved one. #tonybaker #ripcerain  It’s because the joy of the Lord is the medication they need for grief and the strength they need to go through their loss, and the same is true for you.

 

God will anoint you with what you need to make it through whatever you're in.  God has anointed you with the oil of joy for your mourning (Isa 61:3). His oil got me through homelessness, unemployment, and rejection and God has given you the same oil in abundance. So the next time you’re depressed, grieving, or going through a difficult time, be intentional about your laughter. Take a laugh break at least once a day and see how your mood and life changes for the better. But in the meantime, as a remind, purchase a few of our Comedy tees for you, a friend, or a loved one that you know may be dealing with depression.

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