Everybody Poops: Adult Version
I love a good book. I have two Bible reading plans I follow (one for the evening, one for the morning. I’m getting my gold stars in heaven, dangit #overachiever). I love any book pertaining to leadership, personal development, and stories of how real people love others well. One of the most surreal moments in my life was the time I was blessed to have a 30 minute phone call with Bob Goff, author of one of my favorite books, Love Does.
I’m also a big fan of anything that makes me laugh or takes me on a journey. Harry Potter (sorry not sorry pastors everywhere) and Bossypants by Tina Fey also top my lists.
I’ve also always had a great appreciation for children’s books. I have a baby brother who is 10 years younger than I and he always says that instead of getting a real job, he’s going to write a one-hit wonder children’s book like “Goodnight Moon” and never have to worry about a job again. Good thinking, kid.
I don’t know if I’ll ever write a children’s book. I know I’ll write multiple for adults, but when you write for kids you need to have one crystal clear, profound, entertaining concept that you can explain with colorful illustrations in a very short attention span. In addition, the best and most hilarious concept I can possibly think of for a children’s book has already been written. It takes something that most kids are always told they’re not allowed to talk about and brings it out in a manner that isn’t vile yet isn’t shameful. This profound book is titled “Everyone Poops.” The book explains to children that everything that eats has to poop and it’s a natural, healthy process.
This book will hand and a half down be in my children’s playroom library one day not just because I want to get that whole diapers stage done with as soon as possible, but also because I believe this book has deeper metaphors for life.
Shit happens. Literally, but also figuratively it happens in the form of sin.
I go so far as to say that this book is profound because it brings up points that we don’t like to talk about, but need to:
1. You’re gonna do it: The book explains that everyone that eats, needs to get rid of their waste. As a human you’re taking in things from this world that produce crap too. It doesn’t matter how good much “good” you think you’re putting in your body/soul, everyone has shit/sin at some point everyday. I know, the concept isn’t pleasant but I think of it this way: EVERY time my “shit” is exposed, it’s a blatant reminder of how much I need Jesus. And as much as I hate the habits of sin that I have, I love that it points me to Him and shows me how incapable I am of being perfect.
2. We’re all ashamed of it: Dropping a deuce while hanging out with people you don’t know well is one of the world’s most terrifying experiences. I’d go as far as to say 99% of us avoid it at all costs. There is no scientific explanation to back that statement whatsoever, except for the fact that I’ve only met two people who are completely comfortable with it, and I’ve met a lot of people. We all know everyone has shit/sin yet when it comes to exposing ours, we feel an overwhelming need to hide it. We pretend it doesn’t happen. We blame the stank on others.
3. We really hate it when other’s do it: We all get that stank face when you smell a nasty odor that you know you didn’t produce. “How dare they? And in MY presence?” Dude, check points one and two. They probably didn’t have a choice, and they’re probably real ashamed of it. You’re making this whole experience more traumatic than necessary for them. This is exponentially more true when applied to sin. We can’t possibly bring ourselves to understand that like us, our brothers and sisters have their own loads of crap they’re working through too. They’re already trying to mask it and when we DO get a wiff of it we get SO busy judging that we forget about the one time we had an identical experience and felt mortified about it.
So am I saying that crap, shit, and sin are so okay that we should become complacent with it?
No. It stinks. “Everyone Poops” doesn’t promote downing laxatives, filling your stomach with garbage, and disregarding proper handwashing practices.
Similarly, I don’t promote putting ourselves in situations where we’ll pick up habits that will destroy our futures, staying in unhealthy relationships and disregarding the purification processes that God has put into place to make us more Christ-like.
The beautiful thing about this book is that it makes a gross subject (and in my, and God’s, opinion…sin is pretty rancid) easier to comprehend and talk about without making you want to be around it. It points out that a subject can be both unpleasant and a daily reality, and how once we accept that, we get along with our lives a lot quicker.