The Hurting Humor (#jammed daily devo, day 347)

December #jammed: Grace, gifted.

Day 347: Is it that funny?

When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.” Proverbs 31:25 (MSG)

“WHOA” I curtly interrupted, “That wasn’t funny, honey, that was mean!”DECJAM13

Her cackles came to an abrupt end as confusion set in. I can’t remember what the joke was, but it was definitely a laugh at someone else’s expense. Interesting, coming from the girl who’s so easily embarrassed by the same type of humor.

We do this, don’t we? If we can’t beat them …we join them …thinking that if we can somehow play their word game on the same level it won’t hurt as much when it’s our turn to be laughted at. That’s not what Jesus modeled for us on this earth. He was funny, but not mean funny.

The Proverb today’s verse comes from describes the character traits of a good wife ..many of which I scrolled past quickly before the conviction started to settle all at once.

“I don’t do that….”

“I’m not like that …”

“Nope …”

“What?!”

“Who does these things?! This woman does not exist!”

No, she doesn’t, but the wisdom inlaid in the passage is right on the money. Society’s humor aims to take a stab at everyone and everything. It’s important to know when to draw the line. This verse today is giving props to a woman who is wise and kind with her words. Listening and advising without throwing another person under the bus, or having a laugh at why they are …the way they are.

Humor is necessary to survive this life. In the spirit of Christmastime, there are a lot of people in extra need of a laugh. Practice some innocent jokes. Make the tired girl at the register smile because the last ten people have ripped her face off. Spread the love of laughter in a way that doesn’t damage.

click to tweet graph, dec jammed

Father, Praise You for humor, and jokes, and laughter. You tell us in Ecclesiastes that there is a time to laugh, and I thank you so much for it! Forgive us for using laughter to lift our own spirits at the expense of others, and convict our spirits when we are doing it. IN Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Laughing,

Megs

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The Impossibly Cold Cup

“a time to laugh …” Ecclesiastes 3:4bpost-image-55

Have you seen these cups that claim to keep things cold for hours? It’s fascinating. How can an ice cube stay an ice cube in ninety degree heat for such an extended amount of time? It seems impossible. It makes me laugh at how fascinating these simple things can be to me!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 states the many different seasons of life, and laughter is included. God created laughter. He is the master of sarcasm, as evident in Old Testament Stories and New Testament Parables. Our innate sense of humor and craving for a good reason to smile comes from our good Father.

He created the entire universe in six days, and then rested for one.

He created time yet holds the ability to stretch our minutes.

He flooded the whole earth and destroyed everything, but left one arc untouched.

He spoke to Moses through a burning bush.

He made Joshua march around Jericho once a day for six days before the walls came down on the seventh.

Jesus set up scenes and solve problems in a way that would make us remember. We’re still reading them to this day.

He fed thousands of people with a few fish and some bread loaves.

He healed a woman who touched His robe as He passed by to heal someone else.

His best friends sat at the cafeteria table everyone else is afraid to walk by.

He walked just about everywhere He went, but then rode into town on a donkey …

He washed his friends’ feet.

He almost sunk his friends’ boat with a huge catch of fish.

Why does all of this make me smile? Laugh, even? Certainly not out of disrespect or ill-intended sarcasm as we have grown so accustomed to in our society. No, this humor is born out of love and intentionality. God purposefully places people and circumstances to encourage our smiles …our laughs. With God, there is no coincidence. No impossibility. He is sovereign. There is definitely no coincidence in soveriegnty.

Jesus wasted no parables with the minutes He chose to spend on earth. We only have access to what was written down about Jesus. I like to imagine what other kinds of things He did that we’re not privy to. Jesus is a fun guy. Heaven with Him is going to be a blast.

jammed-tweet-blueIt makes a really cold cup seem like a simple accomplishment. We are created in His image, wired to accomplish the impossible. And with great faith and a Savior like Jesus, who can stop us? Each created for a specific purpose, let’s not forget to revel in the humor of our Father along the way. And marvel at the simple joys and impossibilities …like un-melting ice!

Father, Praise You for happiness and laughter alongside our awe for You! Thank You for lacing lightheartedness into miraculous wonders. We confess that we think humor is our thing …and often use it inappropriately. Bless our innate craving to laugh to be for Your glory, and never at another’s expense. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Happy Laughing,

Megs

This post was originally a part of the #jammed Daily Devotional Series from February, Dunked in Grace, Day 55: Grace outlasts the heat.

Throwback Update …

When I look back and read some of these devotional entries, I smile at the growth God has led me through since! The more I grow in my faith, and the closer I become to my Creator, the more I realize that His love is a joy-filled wisdom filter over every Instagram-able moment. I realize it’s no coincidence when I stumble upon a happy moment or a bust a gut laughing.

So often we are focused on the big things -good and bad – when we direct our attention to God. But the truth is, He’s in all the little moments of our lives, too. He cares so immensely for each one of us. When we realize how great His love is, it causes us to see things from a different, joy-filled perspective. Joy, that through ups and downs, sustains our strength. Moments of laughter that meet us in impossibly hard circumstances. What a journey …

Happy Laughing …

The Hurting Humor (#jammed daily devo, day 347)

December #jammed: Grace, gifted.

Day 347: Is it that funny?

When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.” Proverbs 31:25 (MSG)

“WHOA” I curtly interrupted, “That wasn’t funny, honey, that was mean!”DECJAM13

Her cackles came to an abrupt end as confusion set in. I can’t remember what the joke was, but it was definitely a laugh at someone else’s expense. Interesting, coming from the girl who’s so easily embarrassed by the same type of humor.

We do this, don’t we? If we can’t beat them …we join them …thinking that if we can somehow play their word game on the same level it won’t hurt as much when it’s our turn to be laughted at. That’s not what Jesus modeled for us on this earth. He was funny, but not mean funny.

The Proverb today’s verse comes from describes the character traits of a good wife ..many of which I scrolled past quickly before the conviction started to settle all at once.

“I don’t do that….”

“I’m not like that …”

“Nope …”

“What?!”

“Who does these things?! This woman does not exist!”

No, she doesn’t, but the wisdom inlaid in the passage is right on the money. Society’s humor aims to take a stab at everyone and everything. It’s important to know when to draw the line. This verse today is giving props to a woman who is wise and kind with her words. Listening and advising without throwing another person under the bus, or having a laugh at why they are …the way they are.

Humor is necessary to survive this life. In the spirit of Christmastime, there are a lot of people in extra need of a laugh. Practice some innocent jokes. Make the tired girl at the register smile because the last ten people have ripped her face off. Spread the love of laughter in a way that doesn’t damage.

click to tweet graph, dec jammed

Father, Praise You for humor, and jokes, and laughter. You tell us in Ecclesiastes that there is a time to laugh, and I thank you so much for it! Forgive us for using laughter to lift our own spirits at the expense of others, and convict our spirits when we are doing it. IN Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Laughing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The Cold Cup (#jammed daily devo, day 55)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 55: Grace outlasts the heat.

“a time to laugh …” Ecclesiastes 3:4bpost-image-55

Have you seen these cups that claim to keep things cold for hours? It’s fascinating. How can an ice cube stay an ice cube in ninety degree heat for such an extended amount of time? It seems impossible.

Impossible advances are a direct spin-off of God’s humor. Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 state the many different seasons of life, and it laughter is included. God created laughter, and He also created things that are funny. He is the master of sarcasm, as evident in Old Testament Stories and New Testament Parables.

He created the entire universe in six days, and then rested for one. Funny guy.

He created time yet holds the ability to stretch our minutes.

He flooded the whole earth and destroyed everything, but left one arc untouched.

He spoke to Moses through a burning bush.

He made Joshua march around Jericho once a day for six days before the walls came down on the seventh.

Jesus was funny, too. He would set up scenes and solve problems in a way that would make us remember. We’re still reading them to this day.

He fed thousands of people with a few fish and some bread loaves.

He healed a woman who touched His robe as He passed by to heal someone else.

His best friends sat at the cafeteria table everyone else is afraid to walk by.

He walked just about everywhere He went, but then rode into town on a donkey …

He washed his friends’ feet.

He almost sunk his friends’ boat with a huge catch of fish.

And we only have access to what was written down about Jesus. I like to imagine what other kinds of things He did that we’re not privy to. This means Jesus is a fun guy. Heaven with Him is going to be a blast.

jammed-tweet-blueIt makes a really cold cup seem like a simple accomplishment. We are created in His image, wired to accomplish the impossible. And with great faith and a Savior like Jesus, who can stop us? Each created for a specific purpose, let’s not forget to revel in the humor of our Father along the way.

Father, Praise You for humor! Thank You for lacing lightheartedness into miraculous wonders. We confess that we think humor is our thing …and often use it inappropriately. Bless our innate craving to laugh to be for Your glory, and never at another’s expense. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

What’s funny to you? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Laughing,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.