“The Blessing of Laughter”
All my life I’ve felt that humor is the universal solvent against the rough edges of life. The Bible says, “Jesus wept.” Shortest verse in the Bible. Here’s the 2nd shortest: “Rejoice evermore” (I Thess. 5:16). The Bible doesn’t say Jesus laughed. But we know he did. He had to, because he had such a healthy personality.
Healthy people laugh as much as 100 to 400 times a day say the experts. Laughter involves deep guffaws and gives the stomach muscles as much exercise as a sit-up. Which would you rather do? A hundred sit-ups a day? Or one hundred deep laughs?
Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper: it doesn’t solve the problem permanently, but it does make things more acceptable for a while. That’s why I see more Jesus in ray Stevens than Pat Robertson.
There are three bones of life: the backbone, the wishbone, and the funny bone. The church could use more of the funny bone in my opinion. Ever since the bells were removed from our tower’s faith has become for many nothing to laugh about. It’s one reason I offer a cartoon-funny with each column I write.
We should consider the Nehemiah principle: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). Lighten up church! Lighthearted need not be light headed, even though some of the brethren down South are called “hardshell” for a reason.
I guess we’re more soft-shelled, because we laugh a lot around the church office. If you just happened by sometime, chances are good that you’d hear several folks cackling with deep belly giggles.
People don’t just laugh to be doing it, but for a reason. Sometimes we laugh because we’re having fun. Other times, it’s because we aren’t taking ourselves or our mission so seriously that we forget its God’s Spirit not us who accomplishes it. Folks who carry too much weight on their shoulders rarely laugh. Those who see the glass of life half empty rather than half full find it difficult to laugh.
Our ministry team gets along really well, which is phenomenal for such a short time together. We trust each other, respect each other’s differences, and pull for one another. That is what makes us a team. But the thing is, we have fun doing it. We have in common, in spite of our several differences, a desire to make this Church a quality place, a fun place, a grace place, a human place, a Christian place.
I want to take a moment and applaud my colleagues in these days. I am quite proud of them. You need to know how hard they try to do a good job for the Lord through this church. A salute to these special ones: Amber, Don, Natasha, Jean, Julie, Ron and Edwin, Keith, Beverly and good ol’ David Maine and various and Sunday lay leaders who do a fabulous job. Thank y’all. What a bunch! It is a privilege to serve in this place as your partner in the faith.
All I know is, if one of the ongoing challenges of eternity is to keep a straight face in the company of God, I’m in trouble! But then I have to square that with “He who sits in the heavens laughs!” (Ps. 2:4). FROM BR’ER DAN At Ease in Zion: