hot topic: laughter

Life can be very serious & ever so often, we all need a good laugh.  So today’s hot topic is an attempt to provide some comic relief.  Here are just a few brief & funny traveling stories:

  • wrong week:  last year, I was scheduled to go to Dallas & had a 7am flight (which means that I leave my house no later than 5am).  When I got to the airport, I was having trouble getting the kiosk to print my boarding pass.  When I went to the airline person to help me, she ran my confirmation number through the computer & helped me to see that I was a week early – my flight was booked for the following week;  I chalked it up in the “practice” column.  Consider my husband’s surprise when I walked in the house less than an hour after I left, ready to take the kids to school that morning ,)
  • buddhist monks:  one time I was in the waiting lounge in the Calcutta airport & there were around 6-12 monks who were all seated together.  My friend dared me to jump in the middle of them so he could take a picture of me with them.  I took the dare & the monks scattered faster than cockroaches running away from light.  I learned that they had all taken a vow not to touch a woman & I almost caused them to break this vow with my silliness
  • chief safety officer:  I flew on a commercial plane once (oversees) when the pilot came out of the cockpit on an active runway to close the front door of our airplane – he seemed pretty casual about the whole thing

A fond memory from my dad

I had a friend remind me recently about a fond memory I have of my dad that might be fun for you to read about. When I was in elementary school, my dad bought a REALLY bright yellow jumpsuit & totally enjoyed it. He liked it so much that he took it on a family vacation trip to Italy. It was pretty humorous to watch this tall American man with total white hair in a BRIGHT yellow jumpsuit with white tube socks & black shoes. As he walked down the street probably the best entertainment value was to watch the Italians look at him with envy over his yellow jumpsuit ,)
Dad liked this jumpsuit so much that he pretty much wore it wherever he went or doing whatever – hospital visits, furniture refinishing, craw dad hunting, office attire & more. Thankfully, I don’t remember that he preached in the top banana ,)

that was stupid

When I was growing up, people would often comment about how serious I was & to this day, I can still get quagmired in the intense bog.  One of the things that helps me to lighten up is to laugh at myself – to not take myself so seriously.  So from time to time, I review some of the silly, goofy & even stupid things that I’ve done just to lighten my thinking.  Here’s a sampling:

  • For Thanksgiving one year, I had heard that convection baking was superior to the regular oven baking.  Of course I didn’t get any more information & proceeded to burn my turkey, sufficient only for a burnt offering.  We didn’t eat turkey that Thanksgiving ,)
  • my first car never had an oil change in 3 years – didn’t know that was important :/
  • I used to work in a data entry position & would take messages for my co-workers.  I decided to find the phone number of a local mortuary & leave one a my co-workers a message to call Myra Mains with just the phone number for the mortuary ,)
  • I tried to toast whipped cream on a pie – we renamed the outcome to “puddle pie”

Laughter is good medicine!!

a good laugh

I was recently reading about Abraham & I was pleasantly surpised to notice that when the angel spoke to Abraham about having a son in his old age, he literally fell to the ground laughing!!  And when Sarah heard that she would carry a baby in her very old age, she also busted out laughing!  Both parents had a good laugh at what seemed totally impossible, but what was also probably the biggest desire in their lives.  Perhaps they had been disappointed when year after year, Sarah never became pregnant until it seemed to be too late.  Maybe the only reply that they had left to their decades of disappointment was to laugh at what seemed to be absurd. 

Nevertheless, God is faithful to His promises even when they seem impossible & Sarah became pregnant.  Its completely funny to recognize that God’s name for their son was Isaac, which means laughter  .  The decades of disappointment had been replaced with laughter for everyone.  Please be encouraged that God is faithful to His promises even when they seem impossible.  Maybe one day, you’ll look at the impossible & laugh with faith, knowing that nothing is impossible with God.

laugh and enjoy

When I was growing up, people used to observe that I was very serious.  As a little kid, I was always thinking about learning, growing & being mature.  I didn’t like it when restaurants would have “kiddie” menus because I thought that was condescending.  Suffice it to say that I was super serious.

Now days, I’m not quite so serious & probably what I most like to laugh at is myself.  I take myself far less seriously now & I think that a healthy dose of humorous humility is very constructive for lots of different reasons.  I also like to laugh with my kids – one of whom just pulled out an empty Starbucks gum tin from inside his footie pjs, leading me to 2 questions:  what else might he keep in his footie pjs & why does his keep the gum tin in his pjs???

So I’d encourage you to laugh today, look for ways to enjoy the diversity of people, encourage others & find a few constructive ways to take yourself less seriously 🙂

a good laugh

 Every so often, its really good to have some hefty  laughing in our day.  Prov 15:13 says that a joyful heart makes a cheerful face & Prov 17:22 says that a joyful heart is good medicine.  Some good “medicine” I take every so often is this:  Don’t take myself so seriously.  It really helps me to get a good laugh from some of the crazy things I’ve done.  So here are a few things I’ve done that make me laugh & maybe you’ll get some smiles from these as well 🙂

  • I figured out that if you try to “toast” whipped cream, it melts into cream “soup” – yes, I learned this from actually trying it.  Details upon request ,)
  • last week I pulled up to a couple walking by my friend’s house to say hello, thinking they were my friends, only to discover that they were total strangers.  My kids were mortified & I TOTALLY laughed at myself 🙂
  • when I was recently preaching in Cambodia, I tried to copy my translator with something he said & made a massive blunder – the crowd & I getting a great laugh together when I figured out what I had said by mistake 🙂
  • I’m always laughing at myself whenever I try something new with sports – my lack of coordination is a good laugh for anyone who watches
  • bowling:  I don’t know what it is about bowling, but whenever I bowl, I get the laughs so hard it becomes virtually impossible to bowl.  This was true even before I was married & changed my last name ,)

What are some things that make you laugh???