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Find Time To Laugh

June 24, 2021


Good morning y'all. Let's rock this incredible Thursday!

I like to laugh. Humor and satire are practical tools in dealing with hurt, conspiracy theories, and daily brokenness.

George Martin wrote, "Laughter is poison to fear."

I know God has a keen sense of humor. Have you seen an aardvark? Several places in scripture show Jesus' sharp wit and satire that has forever confounded long-faced theologians with gnarly beards. Do you remember when Jesus said, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God?" Don't let thick religiosity rob you of the effective humor Jesus employed.

Williams James claimed, "common sense and a sense of humor are the same things, moving at different speeds." I love that. Both are incredibly necessary and lacking these days.

Yesterday, I got my first Sunday lawn starter kit delivered promptly by UPS. The boxed promise is to "yard better" with organic tools that are all pre-measured, pre-scheduled, with pre-determined directions for idiots like me.

It's a wild concept, and I can't wait to get started.

Here's the funny thing: If my subscription to Sunday actually works and my lawn gets voted best by my subdivision, I will pat myself on the back. Now THAT is funny.

I grow gorgeous tall weeds and kill small, expensive plants without trying.

If I invite you over in 2-3 weeks, and you go Lady Gaga over my yard, I will sleep well by hoarding all the credit. Are you seeing the dripping irony, humor, satire, and ridiculousness of what I'm saying?

First of all, a brilliant company called Sunday encouraged me to "yard better," but could have easily labeled my box as "yard help for dummies."

Second, I have absolutely no power to create dirt, a seed, water, sun, nor any kind of plant—including the three-foot weeds that seem to mock me.

There is but ONE who gets the credit. Everything above, below, invisible and visible are purposed by Him. He was there before anything, and He holds it all together—even my lawn. Heck, especially my lawn!

Aubrey Menen writes, "There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. The first two are beyond comprehension, so we must do what we can with the third."

Today, may you encounter God, understand the broken, and find time to laugh.



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