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Thanks for joining me for this lighthearted series, Laugh with Me! Grab your coffee and let’s get back to some humorous one-liners spoken by the Author of Laughter Himself, Jesus.

There are plenty of other moments that can definitely give one the giggles in the Gospels. His analogies were humorous exaggerations and phrases that you could literally feel the smiles turned to all-out laughter from His listeners. Let’s go to Luke 11:11-12 where Jesus is talking to His disciples about prayer and how effective it can be. He says: “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or he asks for an egg, will he give him a scorpion?”

I don’t know about you, but the stone for bread, a serpent for a fish, a scorpion for an egg are analogies that when you visualize, they are funny. Imagine if you were to pull such a prank on your child in the name of laughter!

Jesus was trying to emphasize that earthly dads, despite their flesh and sin, can give their kids good gifts, but our Heavenly Father gives us the best gift of all, the Holy Spirit, to any who ask!

Let’s look at Mark 10:25 where Jesus is speaking with a rich young man who had come running up to Him, earnestly seeking the answer to inherit eternal life. Jesus begins to go through the commandments with him, and the rich young man confirms that he has kept these commandments since his youth. I love what verse 21 says: “Then Jesus, looking at him, ‘loved’ him and said to him, ‘One thing you lack; go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me’.”

The Word tells us the rich young man was sorrowful as he left most likely thinking

He fills my heart with laughter!

He fills my heart with laughter!

about all his possessions. Then Jesus looks around at His disciples and uses this powerfully poignant moment to teach this valuable moral about being monetarily rich versus spiritually rich: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

Now try visualizing it! You can’t help but lighten up and laugh!

Oops, I almost forgot a big one in Matthew, the one about fault-finding and having a critical spirit! Let’s go to Matthew 7:3. Jesus explains the risk of judging others because with the measure we judge others, we shall be judged. Then He goes on to give a comical visual on this very issue: “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

Can you just imagine the scenario? If I were to read that to my nine-year-old grandson, he would burst out laughing at the idea of someone with a big wood beam in their eye trying to find a speck or sliver of wood in someone else’s eye. What a great illustration to use to teach our children the value of not judging others, the necessity to stay in our own lane and in our own car!

We’ll wrap up this series next week and then move on to our WOW for May, but in the meantime, look for opportunities to laugh, and splash it on to others!

Love and laughter,

 

Evindakim L

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