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Topic: DELICIOUS (02/04/16)
TITLE: Deliciously Humorous
By Caleb Cheong
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Pleasant decent humor serves as chicken soup to our soul. Laughter helps us relax and destress. It exercises the diaphragm and stomach muscles; besides it massages the internal organs. Distress will cause the release of cortisol which may lead to higher blood pressure, depression, mental illness and lower life expectancy.
A young girl said it well. During a church service, a pastor remarked this before the congregation.
"Strange, isn't it ? The Bible never mentions that Jesus laughs or has a sense of humour?"
"Do you agree? Is there anyone who disagrees ? " He stepped out of the pulpit to look in the direction of his congregation? A deep hush fell on the church as they were stunted by his remark but it was soon broken.
Suddenly, a hand stuck out. A Sunday School girl had just raised her hand. The pastor focused on the girl, and everyone turned to face her. Nervously, she stood up and spoke her mind.
"If Jesus didn't have a sense of humour, children wouldn't have flocked around him."
Everybody nodded with an approving smile, including the pastor.
Surely Jesus has a delicious sense of humor. I recall the scene of Jesus' teaching against the hypocrisy of pointing out the spec of saw dust in someone's eye when their own eye has a plank stuck in it. His disciples must be giggling among themselves, I can imagine. On another occasion, he lashed the religious teachers for 'straining out a gnat but swallow a camel.' While listening, His disciples and audience must have chuckled. What about the disciples who witnessed the Master's turning water into wine? They must have guffawed with their hands on their mouths on hearing the head waiter complimenting the groom.
"Everyone serves the good wine first, but you've kept the good wine until now."
Jesus,fully human, must have laughed a lot with his disciples. Rooted in God's nature, His words and humor must be wise, witty and wholesome.
I prefer being deliciously humorous,like Jesus, to being frivolous.
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