A joyful heart is good medicine.
When I see Lucy and Ethel coming out in their bakery hats I start to smile. As I watch them desperately wrapping candies unable to keep up with the speed of the conveyor belt, I totally relate to the feeling. I’m already behind today. Now I’m laughing and feeling connected, not alone in my frailty and human condition. It’s a relief to be reminded that I am human, made of dust. My own busy day pulls into perspective.
As a writer I can use humor to relate to my readers and to help my readers connect to their own humanity, but humor can be misused too. How can I use it wisely? In an article for the Soul Care Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs explains the difference between the humor of the world and the humor of the one who knows God:
- Glorifies Sin
- Puts down others
- Ridicules righteousness
- Hurts the spirit
- Avoids offense
- Builds up others
- Honors the Lord
- Heals the Spirit
Humility and humor and human come from the same root word, humus, which means soil, earth, ground, or sod. The best humor invites us to share in the experience of being human or even being made of dirt by a God who loves us. Worldly humor comes from a platform of superiority over others, Godly humor from a platform of humility.
Humor is a gift from God to remind us who we are and to keep us humble, best of all it makes us laugh.
I think I’ll watch Lucy and Ethel one more time before I get back to work.