When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.
Thought for the Day: God gives us laughter
As the school year comes to an end and we begin our summer fun, memories of school years past have come to me. Well over 20 years ago, I had a student in my classroom who was, well, the “class clown”. He made jokes that made people laugh, he made faces that made people laugh, and he did “goofy things” at recess that made people laugh. There were many days that I wondered what I was supposed to do with this child. I saw the other students affected in their work and I knew something needed to be done. One day, we worked on an assignment in the classroom that asked the question, “What makes you special and what are you wanting to do with your life?” After the students wrote about their thoughts, we went around the room letting each student share their reflections. Being the “concerned” teacher about what this child was going to say I waited as long as I could to call on him. Then, it was his turn (oh, no). This little boy stood up and said, “I believe God put me on earth to make people laugh.” I’m not sure of the look on my face when he said this, but I do know there as silence for a period of time as I had no idea what to say in that moment. All I know is that in my heart I felt completely in awe at his answer that this cute little kid loved making people laugh because God made him that way. In my teacher’s mind, I thought “Okay, so now what am I supposed to do with that?”
God works in mysterious ways through the different personalities of people and this kid had something special – a smile that brightened any room he walked in and the dream of making people want to laugh….for God. Now, I think of someone else….my daddy was known as a “class clown” when he was in school and his nickname was “Red”. He was a tired little guy who each morning was up at 4:00 milking cows and doing chores before getting ready to go to school. At school, he didn’t take things very seriously and he did make people laugh. As a United Methodist pastor many years later, my Daddy had the knack of making people feel better because he made them laugh. He had a laugh that was contagious and that could be heard a long way away. “He was put on earth to make people laugh.” He was a great minister “to the people”. He never thought of himself as a great preacher, but I would argue that. He probably never knew how he affected the people he ministered to, but he did affect people in a beautiful way. Back to that little boy in my classroom. I have no idea what that child is doing today and I probably will never know, but I have a feeling he is making people laugh for God.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving all us different personalities to share with those around us. Thank you for those funny people who can make people laugh, especially when they do not feel like laughing. Be with us to find our way to help the children in your kingdom who need to feel loved. Help us use the gifts You have given us to bring people closer to you. Amen
Prayer Focus: Those finding their God given gifts