Written by Steve Olson, Bridge Pastor
This is one of my favorite images of Jesus, his head tipped back as he roars with laughter. There is something comforting about the idea of a God who knows how to laugh, and there is no question that Jesus knew how to laugh. Jesus knew there was “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3:4), and he did it all.
In fact, I often find myself laughing when I read the gospels. When I relax, and am open to it, I see that Jesus really had a wry sense of humor, especially when he was trying to make a point.
I thank God for his example and words in the bible, giving us permission to have the same good sense of humor. Life can be serious business, but when we are open to seeing the joy and humor around us, it makes it easier to deal with the tough things that do come our way.
So along with faith, hope and love, I would hope that we also cultivate a sense of humor and mirth. Give yourself permission to laugh and make it a practice. If it doesn’t come naturally, then work at it. Instead of watching or reading things that just get you down, focus on things that lift you up. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
Search out the joy and humor in life and share it and finally don’t be afraid to crack a good joke, for “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22a
Great First Impressions
In my first three weeks as a bridge interim, I have truly been impressed with Oak Knoll. Here is what I tell my family and friends. “They have great music. That congregation knows how to sing! You should have been there for their community meal! I love the way people wear name tags. They have 24 self help groups (Alano), a day care and a preschool! The have an amazing community garden to provide fresh vegies for food banks! They are a community center. The parking lot is so busy!”
All that is just for starters. So, I want you to know I give thanks for your ministry. I believe you are truly continuing to be a church of God’s dreams for this time and place.