Sunday, May 4, 2008

Humor, the best for confrontation

As I read the blog articles I am amazed at the thought and depth of the articles. But, I am profoundly disturbed that there is no humor. Oh, Eutychus how dare you disappoint me, no humor.

The other day I entered the local drug store and asked if my wife’s prescription was ready. After looking at the computer the lady said to me that it could not be filled. Why? It was not approved by your insurance company. There were many thoughts and emotions that came to mind, but one brought a smile and then laughter to the situation for me. Irony, I stand here, my wife is dying (not true) and the only drug that could save her life has been disapproved. The clerk must have seen my face go from shock to laughter, but we left friends and I was still chuckling. (God give me that grace again in other tense situations.)

We are caught in the flow of our life, filled with the good, the bad, the ugly and ourselves. We try for solutions and resolutions. We are philosophical, theological and bibliological (a variant never used before). Seeing the serious, but not aware of the humorous.

Did my Lord Jesus have any humor to use in His life’s situations?

Matthew 6:2-5 “When you do something for someone else, don't call attention to yourself. You've seen them in action, I'm sure--'play actors' I call them--treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that's all they get. When you help someone out, don't think about how it looks. Just do it--quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out. And when you come before God, don't turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?” The Message

Mark 7:24-27 “From there Jesus set out for the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house there where he didn't think he would be found, but he couldn't escape notice. He was barely inside when a woman who had a disturbed daughter heard where he was. She came and knelt at his feet and was begging for help. The woman was Greek, Syro-Phoenician by birth. She asked him to cure her daughter. He said, "Stand in line and take your turn. The children get fed first. If there's any left over, the dogs get it." The Message

Matthew 23:23-24 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and you have left undone the weightier matters of the Law, judgment, mercy, and faith. You ought to have done these and not to leave the other undone. Blind guides who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” The Message

Can you see the humor in these happenings in the life of our Lord Jesus? Could there be more?

I want to have a day with some humor and enjoy that moment with my Lord, my wife, my family and friends. I don’t want to just believe there are the bad, the ugly and myself. I suggest confronting with humor.

“The day is lost in which one has not smiled.” Shirley Carpenter

Ideas from D. Elton Trueblood, “The Humor of Christ”.

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