Poop from Kathy Troyer

Guest post from one of my favorite people, Kathy Troyer

Have you noticed the poop emoji is everywhere?

One of my friends said the popular image is one of her top requested “embellishments” at her gymnastic events. You can buy pool floats (I might have bought one for a friend), pillows, sheets, backpacks, notebooks, clothing, Christmas decorations, cookies, dog toys, trophies, Squishies, squirt guns, puzzles, magnets, lollipops, stickers, candies, pens, jewelry, etc.

The poop emoji gained popularity in Japan almost 10 years ago. That’s a lot of poop stuff. Why didn’t I think of it? Hey, let’s sell things that look like poop! What? Who would have guessed?

From Wikipedia (where inquiring minds get all of their information): ABC News’ Samantha Selinger-Morris states in her 2016 article that the smiling poop emoji is “one of the most popular emojis in existence” due to its “ineffable charm” and “ability to transcend language barriers and political differences.”

Seriously, isn’t there enough “poop” in our world already? Call me Debbie Downer but I don’t want any more poop in my world than what is produced naturally—and thank God we live in a country where it is easily flushed away.

So, why am I writing about poop today? Because sometimes life is poopie. Sometimes we get dumped on. Sometimes life stinks. Sometimes life is messy. Sometimes life is not roses and lavender—and puppies and sprinkles. We lose our jobs. We lose a spouse. We lose a child. We lose an argument. We lose money. We get hurt. We have to move. We are sad. We are betrayed. We are let down. We are ignored. We are made fun of. That is life. And sometimes life is one pile of poop after another.

Gee, Kathy, that is super-inspiring. I’m so glad I opened this post. Thank you for encouraging me today.

Dear friends, I wanted you to know that I know life is hard. I know we get dumped on. I know that things don’t always work out how we want them too. I get dumped on, too. I have to deal with piles of poop, too.

But don’t forget, our God can use the poopie times to build our character—our faith—our trust—in Him. I can attest to Him providing for us when our invoices and outstanding bills were piled on us and the resources to pay were very limited. (That is an exciting—faith-building facet of being married to an entrepreneur). God has pulled me out of poopie situations (some of my own making).

If you are being dumped on—take heart—God is ready to move that poop. In fact, He is right in the poop with you. And the best part—It won’t always be that way—because He has promised us a home with Him where there is no sorrow—no fear—no crying—no pain. You may get dumped on your entire life here but you can live a poop-free life with Him—where the streets are paved with gold. Gold! Something we value here is going to be the building material for our streets.

      “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

      “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

May you not be overwhelmed with the poop of this world. May you trust in Him for eternity—with no poopie stuff! Trust in Him and look up, my friend, because one day soon the poop will be done.

Copyright © 2019 Kathy Troyer

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