Dare 2B Daring - July 19, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“Laughter is the most beautiful and beneficial therapy God ever granted humanity.” – Chuck Swindoll
Every morning, I receive a report from the company that distributes our free online devotional messages (such as this one!) Basically, the report tells me how many of our subscribers opened the email and how many times it was passed on to someone else. It also lets me know when someone unsubscribes from our distribution list – ouch! – and for what reason.
On average, 30-35% of our subscribers read the devotional each day, which is well above the industry standard. It’s always encouraging to discover that dozens and dozens of fellow believers are being blessed, challenged and encouraged by what God has laid on my heart to share. I know that my son Chris is equally encouraged by the response to the devotionals that he writes.
Guess what devotional topic received the most “opens” over the past month? That’s right… the one that dealt with “elephant jokes” and the need for more humor in our lives. I suppose that’s God’s way of saying that in today’s stress-filled world, we all need to lighten up a little and share a hearty belly laugh from time to time.
I imagine that’s why a childhood friend sent me a text message the other day that was simply titled “prison humor”. It showed a cartoon drawing of an inmate climbing over a prison wall and letting himself down with a bedsheet. The caption simply read, “Con-descending”.
Get it? Corny, I know, but it made me smile when I first saw it and once again, as I am typing these words.
The point I want to make today is that sometimes, the best way to minister to someone isn’t by sharing with them some deep theological truth. Yes, there is most definitely a time and place for that. But every once in a while, what they really need is for you to tell them a clean joke or a funny story.
“What did the mayonnaise say when someone opened the refrigerator?”
“Close the door. Can’t you see I’m dressing.”
“Therefore comfort each one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:18 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President