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250. Lighten Up

This special edition looks on the lighter side.

IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
Despite the fact that I write about some serious stuff, I have learned to not take myself too seriously. I think we all need to lighten up from time to time to keep from going crazy. I know this is difficult for some people. Those prone to worry have no difficulty finding reasons to support their addiction, but there are always two sides to every story. In the words of Solomon:

There is…a time to weep and a time to laugh… (Ecclesiastes 3:4).

Let’s think about this for a moment. We know that all good things are from God, and laughter is one of them. However, in order for laughter to exist, there must be people with a sense of humor. Since a sense of humor is a good thing, it also must be from God. After all, the thing created can never be greater than its creator. Therefore, people have a sense of humor only because God has a sense of humor.

AS I SEE IT
I think most people fail to understand this. Every time I hear a preacher say, “God must have a sense of humor because He…,” I come away with the impression that God’s sense of humor is on some higher level, causing Him to barely crack a smile while He remains basically solemn in all His dignity and Godhood. I don’t see it that way. Think of the funniest person you know. His or her sense of humor came from God and God can’t give something He doesn’t already have. The law of cause and effect says that God must have the wildest and craziest sense of humor in the universe. I believe He engages in knee-slapping and gut-busting laughter as He sees the hilarious things happening in His universe. Yes, of course, He is always holy and righteous. Yes, or course, there is always sin, suffering, and sorrow in the world, but remember the words of Solomon: “There is a time to weep and a time to laugh,” so lighten up and see the humor in the world like God does.

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

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