Today I would like to make a case for humor.
Have you ever met someone with no sense of humor? You know the type – those who find it difficult to laugh at themselves, at life, or at circumstances. I feel sorry for those people, for there are so many times in life when nothing helps quite like discovering the funny side of things.
There is nothing as infectious as the laughter of a child. The pure innocence of it! their laughter is not caused by innuendos or suggestions of vulgarity, but by their simple delight. How refreshing it is!
Photo: “Laughter” by Pete Stacey
Jesus stated we must become like little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Could there be anything in his statement that has to do with the things that make us laugh? I wonder.
Some people laugh at other’s misfortunes; some at ethnic jokes; others over risque areas of life. It seems our society has lost its innocence. We are becoming a fierce people and our humor, vividly expressed in the media, graphically reflects the change. Gloom and sadness are prevalent.
But there is a special blessing in being around Christians who can find humor in the ordinary things of life. These believers follow the apostle Paul’s suggestion to think on the things that are of “good report.”
The scriptures never record Jesus laughing, yet they do inform us that little children loved Him and were drawn to Him. Our Lord must have had a quiet, pleasant, smiling demeanor. Jesus even said He came that our joy might be full. The Bible talks a lot about joy, and I have never seen it without a smile or a pleasant face, have you?
Nehemiah wrote, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Wouldn’t the opposite of that be, “A gloomy countenance (disposition) will rob you of strength?”
We are even told to be “hilarious” in our giving (2 Corinthians 9:7) Have you lost the joy of giving? It could be a key to gloominess in your life.
I AM NOT making a case for silliness. I AM making a case for joy and good laughter. Joy ought to bubble from our innermost beings like rivers of living water. As the surroundings become darker, let our hearts become arenas of light and joy, always looking for the blessed hope, the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Allow me to share this prayer with you:
The Lord bless you.
May you carry the glow of His presence with you. May He meet every need in your life. May He richly provide you with the abundance of his blessings.
May the Holy Spirit who comes alongside you be your Helper, and minister to you the things that are of God, for those things will not ever pass away.
May you walk in glorious victory. May there not be a day when you say, “It’s dark today,” but may there always be the light of Christ shining in and through you, brightening the lives of others.
(This post by Gladys was originally published in Foursquare Advance magazine, June, 1989)