How important is laughter in one’s spiritual journey? According to the late Charles M. Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, it’s a necessity.
“It has long been my belief,” wrote the cartoonist, “that one of the things which has enabled man to survive is the ability to laugh. No matter how difficult the situation may be, man somehow has always been able to find humor in it…If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself…I think it is one of God’s greatest blessings.”
We fail at laughter when we take ourselves too seriously—when we believe that what “I” think or want or do is all that matters. But the world runs according to God’s order, not ours.
There are billions of stars in our galaxies, and yet by the wonderful gift of faith we know that God cares about each one of us personally. To lose sight of that is to narrow our chances for happiness.
See the joy that is coming to you. (Baruch 4:36)
Teach me to see the humor around me, Holy Spirit.