What's So Funny?

Monday, February 20, 2012

A husband and wife attended a county fair. A man with an old biplane was giving rides for $100 each. A couple wanted to ride but thought the price was too high, so they tried to negotiate to a lower price. They offered $50 for the both of them...the man wouldn't budge.  Finally the pilot made an offer, give me $150 and I'll take you both up, if  you don't say a single word during the flight I'll give all your money back.  They agreed and the couple got in the plane, up they went!  The pilot proceeded to do every aerial maneuver he knew...diving, looping, voling and flying upside down.  When the plane landed the pilot said to the husband, Congratulation! here's your $150, you didn't say a word.  Nope, answered the husband, but I almost did when my wife fell out.

Remember when you were in grade school all the jokes, whether they were funny or stupid were going around?  It use to be a fun thing to do-there were even songs that had a jokey feel, remember the song "Found A Peanut", it would go on forever.  But you always ended up smiling and acting silly.

Proverbs 15:13 (NIV)  A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Have you ever had a rough day, your feeling kind of down, walking through the grocery store someone smiles at you and says "HI", my point is even the smallest smile from a stranger can make our heart glad.

Humor in this world has become in my humble opinion a lost art, when was the last time you heard a really good joke?  Even the professional comedians that once were funny have replaced those good clean jokes with ones that to me are what I call "pornographic" humor.

Proverbs 15:15 (NIV)  All the days of the oppressed are wretched but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Scripture is clear that a cheerful heart changes our lives drastically from oppressed to  continual feast.

My ten year old granddaughter, Mackenzie loves jokes and riddles.  So I  bought a joke/riddle book so I could be armed with humor.  She lives in the Chicago area, so I don't get to see her as much as I would like, but when we got on the phone I would pull out the joke book and we would exchange our jokes.  We would try to outdo each other and end up laughing, smiling and getting really corny. What fun!!  What memories!!  I noticed that I began to try to find funny sayings, jokes , anything I could to tell her the next time we talked.  I realized that as we become adults, these simple things like humor don't show up as often as when we were kids. My question is "How Come"?  Humor is like medicine to our spirit, soul and body.  My challenge to you is to find a good joke book, read it, smile, laugh and share it with others.

Proverbs 15:30 (NIV)  A cheerful look brings joy to the heart and good news gives health to the bones.   


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Women Encouraged founder and director, Linda Huffman believes in doing all she can to help women be all they can be - physically, emotionally and spiritually. WE strives to do that by helping women recognize their strengths, conquer their weaknesses, bring balance in all areas of their lives and promote confidence in who they are, which gives them the courage to reach for those desires in their hearts that seem impossible.

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