“Once upon a midnight dreary as I pondered weak and weary”
Edgar Allan Poe
As I write this post, it is not midnight but 9 p.m. But I did come across a quotation I found interesting and after some pondering, decided to share it with you.
“Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man’s superiority to all that befalls him.”
God gave us humor as a positive tool for use in dealing with the curve balls life throws our way. It is a sign of our superiority over death, illness, and other nasty life events, because finding humor in a situation is like finding the silver lining behind a black cloud.
It is also a sign that God deems us worthy of victory over evil when it enters our life.
Now I can hear some of you saying “There is no humor in death.” You are right death is not funny. Joe’s death was not funny. However, our family gathered at Joe’s brother’s house for dinner the day of the funeral and everyone sat around the dining room table remembering Joe and the funny antics he did during his life. There was a lot of humor and laughter and as a result, our healing from grief started that night.
So even in our darkest hour, there was humor. If there had not been humor that night, death would have killed us too.
Thank you gracious heavenly father for creating humor and giving us the ability to laugh, even in our darkest hour. May everyone of us realize humor is a sign that you consider us worthy – worthy of victory even when we are weak and weary. In Jesus name – Amen.
May you be blessed with lots of humor and laughter this weekend, whether times are good or bad.
(Author’s note: This post was inspired by Barbara Ann Kipfer’s “8,789 Words of Wisdom.” On page 457 I found the statement “Humor is an affirmation of dignity.” and decided to research that statement.)
Why is it that even Christians sometimes doubt God in times of trouble and need their faith built up?
Because we are human.
Not doubting God when the going gets rough implies perfection. We humans are not perfect. If anyone is claiming to be perfect, then the “Men In Black” need called so they can send that person back to their home planet, there is no room on this earth for perfect humans.
I wrote yesterdays “What Christians Should and Should Not Do” from a position of strength. I had a “Peaceful Easy Feeling” in my heart while writing it, so peaceful and easy it was hard to put my feelings into words.
“What A Difference A Day Makes”
I write this piece during time of weakness for fear has crept in regarding my career. I wonder what God has in store for this sinner. Even though I know He is with me and that He has nothing but good plans for me, I am having a hard time believing some good will come regarding my career.
Out Of Faith
I have signed up for the 2012 Social Media Success Summit on faith. Faith that learning all about social media from the big names in the industry (Chris Brogan, Michael Seltzer, Jeremiah Owyang and others) will help me in my job search. After all social media is here to stay and companies need people who understand it and can implement policies to help companies grow. Maybe because of this I start my own business advising companies about their social media marketing strategy.
Or maybe through this course I will figure out another way to use social media to help women who suddenly became widows.
Good And Evil
Even though there is a lot of good in this world, there is also a lot of evil in it. Christians are constantly under attack from unbelievers. Occasionally the armor needs reinforced through prayer, daily devotions, hymns and praise songs, and talking to other Christians.
These are just some of the things that can be done daily to help strengthen one’s faith.
Evil Is Strong
But there will be times when the attack from evil is so strong that faith needs reinforced.
For Jesus Christ said:
“…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
He knew we would experience tough times and that our faith would need reinforcing during such times. During those times we need to remember Jesus overcame the world and hang on to that fact. Yes, it is tough to hang on at times but we must.
We need to remember that God is with us and has a very good grip on us. Even if we let go, He will never let go of us.
Epilogue -Don’t Worry About Me
I started out writing this post while weak. Right now I am tweaking it and am feeling strong, hopeful and optimistic about my career.
Part of the reason I am feeling strong is because of the songs playing on my computer while writing this post:
- God Is With Us – Casting Crowns
- Blessings – Laura Story
- El-Shaddai – Amy Grant
- This Little Light Of Mine – Addison Road
- I’m Letting Go – Sally Colon–Petree
- Praise You In This Storm – Casting Crowns
- Grace Like Rain – Todd Agnew
- How Great Is Our God – Don Moen
- Lifesong – Casting Crowns