So I don’t like to take myself to seriously, sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who really gets the joke in my head, and so I like to laugh and I like being around people who like to laugh. I can’t stand people who take themselves too seriously. Life’s to short for that.
That’s why reading about Mike Huckabee’s campaign plane’s game of nap tag was so refreshing. Something that has really come across in the Huckabee campaign is that this guy is a real person, and I can follow a real person.
I have worked with too many people who try to keep appearances, or who don’t want to let people know who they really are. That’s one of the things that make Jesus so attractive to me.
Here’s the Son of God, who could have come as a conquering king and kicked but and been really serious and scary (which is what many of us believe God is like.) But he didn’t Jesus came as a little baby boy, he grew up in obscurity as a carpenter’s son, and when he started his public ministry, he gathered a bunch of regular dudes around him and showed them the way of the Kingdom. He laughed, he told jokes, he made friends.
Now Jesus had some very serious moments and some very serious conversations and those moments are so emphasized because they were unusual. My dad is a jokester, but growing up when he was serious I knew he meant it.
I think the problem with the overly serious is that we become numb to them, they become more static that we tune out.
So relax, have fun, laugh at the Joke in your Head. Smile more. Jesus has set you free from being overly serious, follow the Jesus way, give people nicknames, tell bad puns. But don’t be afraid of the truth, and don’t be afraid to speak up when called for. But have fun along the way.