Big Boys Do Cry

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When I was growing up, I learned at an early age that big boys don’t cry.  I am not sure who came up with that line…but it is a lie.  Jesus wept, and he was a grown man when he did.  It is OK for us to show emotion.

Having said that, I still get embarrassed when I find myself shedding a tear in public.  As I have gotten older, I find myself crying over a multitude of things:

  • I cry when I see God answering a prayer.
  • I cry when I see someone hurting.
  • I cry when I see someone bless another person, expecting nothing in return.
  • I cry when I see injustice.
  • I cry when I hear about someone I love passing away.
  • I cry when I see my children going astray.
  • I cry when I get hurt, whether physically or emotionally.
  • I cry when I experience the love of God.

There is an joke about an old man who came upon a young lad who was in tears.  The old man said, “Son, why are you crying.”  “Because I can’t do what the big boys do,” said the little boy.  The old man thought for a minute, then he sat down and cried too.  LOL.  There is some truth to that joke, unfortunately.

Smokey Robinson had a famous song many years ago called The Tears of a Clown.  It is about how we hide our tears behind the laughter…how we mask our feelings.  Let’s be real and quit clowning around…no disrespect to Clowns.  It is OK to shed a tear.  It is one of the things that shows we are human.


Dan Skognes


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