For many, faith is often painted as a realm of stoicism and seriousness. But a closer look reveals a surprising truth: humor and joy are central to a fulfilling life of faith. Great men of God throughout history haven’t been humorless figures, but rather those who understood that joy is a gift from God, and laughter a way to celebrate it.

The Bible itself is sprinkled with moments of humor. Consider the story of Jonah, who stubbornly tries to outrun God’s calling. The image of a prophet swallowed by a giant fish and then reluctantly spewing him back onto land is inherently comical. This lightheartedness highlights the absurdity of resisting God’s will.

King David, a man after God’s own heart, danced with reckless abandon in front of the Ark of the Covenant (2 Samuel 6:14-22). His unrestrained joy, even appearing foolish to some, was an expression of his deep love and reverence for God.

Great theologians and saints have also embraced humor. C.S. Lewis, a towering figure in Christian apologetics, wrote, “Laughter is the laughter of heaven. The first taste of the blessed life.” He recognized the power of humor to connect us with something deeper and more joyful.

Humor and joy are essential components of a well-rounded spiritual life. They help to create a sense of balance and perspective, reminding us that faith does not have to be a somber and serious affair. By embracing humor and joy, men can develop a more authentic and meaningful relationship with God, one that is grounded in love, acceptance, and understanding.

What helps you to keep a cheerful attitude on a daily basis?

Sometimes jokes can get the job done but most of the time our joy comes from a deeper place of knowing the Lord.

By the way, why did the scarecrow win an award?

Because he was outstanding in his field! 😂

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Jeff Hagen
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