Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

11/29/2017

Charles Cash

 

A Good Sense of Humor

 

(While preparing a sermon recently I ran across the following article. It was written by the late Jack Garner, a longtime Elder for the Southside congregation in Rogers, Arkansas, and a dear friend of mine for many, many years. I thought it worth sharing!)

 

  Will Rogers is credited with saying: “Everything is funny, as long as it happens to someone else.” A good sense of humor is one that allows us to laugh with others, even at our own expense. However, there are many who take matters so seriously that they not only do not find jokes funny if they are on them, but they are offended.

 

  That is reason enough for us to be careful of our well-intended good humor. Sarcasm is the worst sort of wit. It really has very little place in the life of any Christian, especially if there is  any chance that we might be misunderstood. Good humor has something to do with an indefinable quality, an innate nature to be an optimist. Nobody can be a very persuasive Christian if a long face and a grouchy disposition are his trademark. There is such a difference in foolishness and good humor that we must use good taste to be proper.

 

  So you got your feelings hurt by someone who said a sarcastic thing! What must you do? Two choices are available.

 

(1) You can be offended and enjoy a good mad. Some people would rather be a martyr to their feelings than enjoy good feelings toward others.

 

(2) You can tell the person who offended you and have an understanding. Clear it up and continue a good friendship. You can do as you please in both cases; but the choices are so different that surely mature people can handle little things in adult ways.

 

  Why would Christian people react differently? Because they are often unaware of the intent and they see things differently. We are different, but we are brothers. Watch that remark! It might slay a friendship.

 

  Henri Bergson said, “It is the function o fthe brain to enable us not to remember.”

 

  Solomon said, “A soft answer turns away wrath.” James admonished that the man who could  control his tongue had mastered himself. There is something for all of us here!

 

More Quotes on Humor

 

“A sense of humor is like a needle and thread; it will patch up many things.”

 

‘Laughter is a tranquilizer

with no side effects.” —Arnold Glason

 

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation,

it would be the ability for each individual

to learn to laugh at himself.” —Charles Schulz

 

“Laughter translates into

any language.”

 

“A joyful heart is a good medicine,

but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

(Proverbs 17.22)

 

“A keen sense of humor helps us

to overlook the unbecoming,

understand the unconventional,

tolerate the unpleasant,

overcome the unexpected,

and outlast the unbearable.”

 

—CHARLES CASH