Someone has said that humor is the lotion for the sunburns of life.1
It is told that Charles Spurgeon was once chided for injecting a fair amount of humor into his preaching. With a twinkle in his eye, he replied, “If only you knew how much I hold back, you would commend me.”2
Humor has been referred to as “a social lubricant.”
One sage says, “Humor is God’s gift to disinfect the world of pomposity.”
Jesus said, “Do not look gloomy” (Matthew 6:16 NEB).
A. Dudley Dennison, M. D., said, “If you can laugh at yourself and life, the wagon with the flashing red light and the noisy siren will never call for you".
A pastor friend of mine has written an intriguing book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven. All the way here to heaven, you’ll have funny things happen to you. Sometimes they may bring a smile; sometimes a convulsing laugh.”3
According to Proverbs 17:22, humor is good for us.
It says, “A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
A merry heart does good like medicineOne medical doctor stated that if you can’t take a joke, you’ll have to take medicine. In his book, Tough Minded Faith for Tender Hearted People, Robert Schuller wrote, “Humor, as we now know, is part of the healing process. It’s now well accepted that humor releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are stimulated by positive emotions. We have always known thoughts stimulate the body glands to produce secretions. Researchers at UCLA Medical School have proven that the brain is, in effect, a gland that produces chemical secretions when stimulated by the positive emotion of humor.”4
“A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, and outlast the unbearable” (Billy Graham)5
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1. Daniel E. Johnson, When You Ask Why, Published in the United States of America, Copyright 1988, p. 67.
3. A. Dudley Dennison M.D., Shock It To Me, Doctor!, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1970, p. 86.
4. Robert H. Schuller, Tough Minded Faith For Tender Hearted People, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN, Copyright 1983, p. 333.