Just Joking

12 Feb

I saw a cartoon the other day that showed a woman at her machine sewing some new piece of clothing. Her husband stood behind her holding a cloth doll with pins stuck in it. He asked her if she ever notice her pin cushion looked a lot like him. Her expression suggested she knew exactly why it did while he was clueless.

I laughed. I might have even shared it.

Because it is only a cartoon, I consider it no harm done. But it got me to thinking. It seems like when guys get together, an unspoken contest is declared. Who can razz the other best? Taunting, poking fun at weaknesses or perceived flaws, pointing out naiveté, talking trash about their favorite car to sport team. We laugh. Up the bar with a comeback. And don’t let it rest until we run out of jokes or something happens to change the subject—like the burgers and brats are done on the grill. In my house, the verbal jousting is not limited to just the guys.

For the most part, we all have fun, but occasionally a joke is not appreciated. In fact, it left wounds. Instead of building stronger bonds, we built walls.

Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad,” (Matthew 12:30 NKJV).

That is a sobering thought. Especially sobering when we apply it to our conversations. How often are our off-the-cuff comments said without thinking? Is it possible that, in that moment, we could have been an instrument of righteousness but became a tool in Satan’s hand instead? Do we intentionally lead people to Jesus? Or do we unintentionally scatter them away? Even when we say we are only having fun.

My prayer today is for my humor to have a reputation for being truly good-natured. In it, may I still lead others to kindness and brotherly love. I want to be intentional in my words in a way that others would desire to know Jesus as I know him and as I want to know him more.

One Response to “Just Joking”

  1. Mary L Mueller at 8:25 am #

    Wonderful message! Thank you!


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