“Boys don’t giggle,” he told me.
This was the advice an author gave me upon reading my book Unfair Advantage. In one of the many fascinating and metaphorically stunning stories I tell in the book, I make reference to something that had caused me to giggle.
“Boys don’t giggle, they chuckle.”
He may have been splitting hairs, but it was sort of true. Chuckling is a tad bit more masculine than mere giggling. You wouldn’t expect to hear a giggle emit from Chuck Norris’ bearded mouth. No, your ears would be pleasantly assaulted by the soothing sounds of a chuckle from the vocal chords of Mr. Norris. I hear that’s why they call it a CHUCKle.
“Well, are girls allowed to chuckle?” I asked him.
“Absolutely!” he exclaimed. “Girls are allowed to do both. They can chuckle and giggle. It’s actually quite unfair.”
That got me thinking. In today’s world, there is a lot of talk about inequality. And yes, there are certainly things in life that are unfair. But don’t allow the limitations that statisticians and politicians talk about to hold you back from the greatness that is within you.
It may be true that the average woman makes less than the average man in our country. But you are not an average woman. You are a child of the Most High God. Your particular ethnicity may be expected to act, talk, or vote a particular way. But regardless of your race, skin color, or country of origin, this leather-bound book I’m holding in my hands says your true citizenship is in heaven.
The world will give you an exhaustive laundry list of reasons why you can’t do something and why you shouldn’t even try. And sometimes it can be pretty tempting to buy into the lie. But if you make a decision to find your identity in what God has spoken about you instead, there is literally nothing you can’t do.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:28-29)
[ your turn: If I want to giggle, I’m going to giggle! I’m sure you’ve been told there are just some things you can’t do. Which ones are you going to do anyway? Let me know in the comments! ]