Finding God in Humor

By Karen O’Connor:


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Have you considered finding God in humor? If not, give it a try. I believe God wants us to be full of joy and laughter and to give up fretting and worrying.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12, NIV Bible).

By sharing a smile with others, you’ll honor God and bring encouragement and hope to yourself as well.

Five Ways to Nurture Your Sense of Humor

 

1. Share a funny or embarrassing moment with someone you know, and enjoy it together. My friend Melissa called to say she sprayed her hair with furniture polish. “It fell flat but had a nice shine!”

2. Laugh at yourself even when you feel like crying. I thought I’d misplaced my cell phone only to discover I was using it right then to speak with my neighbor. Oh my!

3. Cheer up sick friends with a book of humorous stories or jokes. Help them discover that as Will Rogers said, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

4. Find humor even in serious situations. A woman whose hair was growing in after chemo treatments said her husband Dan helped her laugh everyday. “We had a short-haired dog at the time so when my hair started coming in, he clapped me on the back and said, ‘Great. Now I have a short-haired wife too!’ I liked my new look so well, I never let my hair grow long again.”

5.  Make a list of scripture verses that encourage laughter and tack them up on your mirror or bulletin board to review each day. Here are a few.

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy” (Psalm 126:2).

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful . . .” (Proverbs 15:13).

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh” (Luke 6:21).

         

Finding God in humor is easy once you look for Him there. Enjoy this YouTube video from Mars Hill Church, “Was Jesus Funny?”

 ©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com

 

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Finding God When I am Forgetful

By Karen O’Connor:

Confused and forgetful?

How can I remember the name of my best friend in fourth grade––Sheila––but forget the name of my next door neighbor or a person I met only moments ago? I know what to do in these situations, but I don’t always do it.  It helps to seek and be finding God when I am forgetful. He’ll never fail you or me.

  Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you (Psalm 9:10).

Instead of going right to the source, I try the tricks people recommend. Pay close attention to a name when you meet someone. Find something about the person to associate the name with, like hair color or gesture: Rosemary, the redhead, or Minnie from Minnesota. Repeat the name silently in your mind three times. Dave, Dave, Dave. I tried that but the name wouldn’t stick because the man reminded me of my cousin, Dan. I kept saying Dan, Dan, Dan until I slipped and said it out loud.

Then there’s the old use-the-name-in-a-sentence trick as soon as you hear the person’s name. That doesn’t work for me either. “It’s nice to meet you, Redhead, I mean Rosemary.” People look at me as though I’m one taco short of a Mexican Special.

Fortunately, I’m not alone. Two friends who had known each other for decades were Bridge partners when one looked at the other and realized she couldn’t pull the woman’s name.

Her face flushed and she fidgeted with her cards, hoping the name would come back. After a moment she gave in to her forgetfulness. “I’m so sorry,” she said feeling stupid, “but I can’t remember your name. Isn’t that awful?”

Her partner looked across the table with a mix of hurt and anger in her eyes. Just as the first woman was about to apologize again, the other looked up and said with a twinkle in her eye, “How soon do you need to know?”

The moral of the story is that when my memory fails, I should stop and pray. Then I can be finding God when I am forgetful. You can too. Ask Him for the right name when you need it. It worked for me, once I got in the habit.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is a writing mentor and an author of many humorous books on senior moments, including It’s Taken Years to Get This Old. Check Karen’s web site for titles and information. www.karenoconnor.com

Enjoy this humorous YouTube video featuring a funny song, “Ode to Forgetfulness.”

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