The Humor of Will Rogers
Will Rogers used his humor to uncover a variety of human short comings and social injustices. Will did this in two ways: first, he wanted the public to be aware of the facts of an idea or situation; second, he wanted people to use common sense by weighting the situation or the idea with values such as honesty, selflessness, hard work and love of neighbor. He used his gags to help people experience a kind of self examination. Will's style was to appear as an uneducated cowboy. He then began with one direction of thought and then abruptly change direction.
Humor used properly can accomplish many things. I believe we need a bit more humor or the ability to laugh at our short comings and faults. If God wants us to enjoy life; then consider humor may not have been designed by God to wound or belittle someone. Maybe it was meant to get our attention. Then direct us to engage in a kind of spiritual self examination.
A family invited some people to dinner. At the table, the mother turned to her six year old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"
"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.
"Just say what you hear mommy say," the woman answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"
This devotional thought was taken from the book Small Wonders: Children's Faith Stories from the Indiana United Methodist Church, compiled and edited by Lynne DeMichele.
Why laughter is the best medicine
Albert Schweitzer was a medical doctor who employed humor not only to combat depression but also to keep him from falling into a state of helplessness.
Schweitzer found his use of humor helped him, as well as, those around him. He soon began to realize humor was a vital nourishment for the whole hospital community.
Empirical studies have shown humor and hearty laughter may affect every system of the body. Humor is important in resolving short term physical and mental illnesses.
I Want To Take His Place
A zealous man once phoned Woodrow Wilson when he was governor of New Jersey, in the wee hours of the morning, rousing him from his sleep.
Governor Wilson, your commissioner of highways just died, and I want to take his place.
If it's all right with the undertaker, it's all right with me, Wilson replied.
Be careful what you ask for and how you ask the question.
At the Nursing Home
A pastor was called to a nursing home to perform a wedding. An anxious old man met him at the door. The pastor sat down to counsel the old man and began asking him several questions.
"Do you love her?"
"Nope", replied the old man.
"Is she a good Christian woman?"
"I don't know for sure", he answered.
"Does she have lots of money?", asked the pastor.
"I doubt it."
"Then why are you marrying her?", the pastor asked.
"She can drive at night", was the reply.
Life is always interesting.