Maybe you’ve said it or heard someone else say it: “That comedy movie wasn’t very funny for a comedy!” When I was in my junior year of high school, I helped produce a class fundraiser called “Entertainment Night”. I wrote most of the material for the “skits” and I did “impressions” of popular entertainers and politicians, so the jokes had to be customized to fit those individuals…That’s when I learned that writing GOOD COMEDY is extremely difficult work! I thought of all this because for the last three weeks, we had three of our “grands” from out of state staying with us! Even more exciting one of those weeks we watched them as their parents left for a week of R&R. Aside from getting extra tired, I think we were reintroduced to the wonderment that is the place where these three were taking us! Every activitity from eating to reading a book has to have an element of FUN in their world. And when the kids would ask a question, they-expect-a-plain-honest answer…It caused me to think of Jesus telling the disciples in Matthew 18:3 “Truly I say to you, unless you change and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
One evening with the kids we watched the original “Mary Poppins” movie. They enjoyed the songs and comedy and one especially about a “spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down!” Several of the jokes they remembered and were repeating them after the movie. It was a fun night-with popcorn of course! Watching them-and the theme of the movie, I was constantly thinking of Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick.”
If you’re reading this and it sounds like everything around here is sunshine and lollipops, let me assure you that my wife Ruth and I have both had our share of pain, sorrow, and grief that we’ve had to work through. But that’s the point, God brought us through that and brought us together so that now we can gladly read Job 8:21 as a victory verse! “He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of Joy!”
Keep serving God…but don’t forget to have fun, it really is Good Medicine!
Till Next Time…..