Our son told me years ago – and in fact reminded me of this recently – that before I tell a joke, I needed to run it by him to make sure it was really funny.
I don’t think so.
First of all, I am a 62 year old female. I don’t expect the things I find funny to be funny to young men.
Secondly, I do not find it funny when people are physically hurt. Males tend to LAUGH when someone falls down. I feel their pain and want to help them up. I am not sure I always trust my son’s evaluation of my humor.
Finally, what a person finds funny changes over time. I now find it so funny when small children say things really loud in quiet places. When my own children did this – it wasn’t funny.
I also think it is funny to tell my students that organic shapes (as opposed to geometric shapes) are shapes that have no preservatives or additives.
One student actually laughed, so I felt good about my effort to use humor in class.
Laughter is important. It lightens our mood, refreshes our outlook, and it can be contagious.
Solomon gives this wise council when describing a Godly woman.
Proverbs 31:25-26 NLT
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
Why is she able to laugh at the future? Because she has strength and dignity. I believe it also means that she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
She doesn’t know what her future holds, but she knows God holds her future.
Let’s laugh together with our children.
Let’s laugh together with our grandchildren.
Let’s laugh together with our friends.
Let’s laugh at the days to come because we trust in our Father’s faithfulness.