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Good Humor

David Adams, 19

All I want to do is make people laugh. Comedy is one of my favorite things. Yet the question arises: Is it possible to be funny and to make people laugh without using vulgarity or bad language and without making fun of others? The answer is yes! God didn’t create humor so that people would have their feelings hurt. God intends comedy to bring joy and laughter to everyone, not just to a few people or to those who aren’t the victim of the joke. The Bible says that humor, laughter, and happiness are good medicine. But as soon as we use humor to hurt other people or to exploit their misfortune for a cheap laugh, we misuse humor and cause pain. We crush the spirit of some people to give a quick laugh to a few others who may not even remember it the next day.

 

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) 

PAY ATTENTION: Watch a comedy on TV. Keep track of how much humor is good cheer and how much is taking cheap shots at another’s expense. Then listen to your own conversations. What humor brings joy and laughter to everyone?

—from devozine (November/December 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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