Humor shows us what to change and what to ignore
We laugh at situations and circumstances because it is better and healthier, more rewarding; personally leveraging and encouraging to laugh at them than to worry about them. “Humor really is our saving grace, and it helps keep us psychologically healthy…” attests Stephanie Sarkis PhD. Just like it was for the Hebrew boys. And Jesus counsel’s in Mathew 6:30, “which of you, by taking thought can add a measure to your stature”. This is also because neither our laughter nor our worries, changes the situation in themselves. We laughed at the score lines in the football matches, and assume a relaxed atmosphere, because we could neither determine nor change the score line nor even make a change to the game. So at best we laughed and enjoyed it. It is intriguing, tensions-filled, with some edge-sitting suspense though. But like the sidemen in a chess game, card game, or a monopoly, we get a better view and vantage points from outside the game than the actual players in the field of play, perhaps because we are only spectators
What this suggests is that we really do not intend to change things we laugh about or talk about. Rather, we will and can only change things we talk to.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith
How ever we talked about our situations, whether in private or in conference, the unpleasant circumstances around us, or about “the Mountains”, they don’t change. When we adjectivalize our issues; all we get from adjectives are information, descriptions, and qualifications. We draw up blue prints and pin-point objectives from seminars and summits, information from the news and tabloids, empowerment and education in colleges and conventions. And these all identify to us how, where, what, which and when our issues can be solved; but will not get the problem solved either. Until we talk to them. When we make a “Noun” out of them: meaning we make it a subject; identifying it as a thing, animal, place or person and not just an object or an adjective which only describes or qualifies the subject noun in a sentence, then they respond.(Nu 16:32, 22:11, Deut 4:26, 6:1, 26:2, 32:1, Jug 5:4, Is 14:15, 1Kg 1:40).
For instance, if the earth has ears to hear, mouth to swallow, eyes to witness, a face to be identified, a feet and hands to quake and to tremble, it then means, when we say: “satan, Cancer, Tuberculosis get lost!” “Peace, Wealth and Wisdom find your way to me!” “Project be completed!” “Love, Favor, Money,Help, come to me!” “Barrenness, Poverty, Disappointment, out of my life!” “Kitchen, Wardrobe be filled!” Means we are talking to the issue and not discussing about it, and they respond accordingly. These two are important because just as we talk about or laugh about things; we trivialize them. And just as we talk to them; we change them.
Furthermore, the degree to which we are able effect change or become change agents is determined by the things we trivialize. Meaning we are able to set our priorities and goals in life only by knowing which and what things to ignore.
excerpt from the book: The Strength Of The Man: a call to visionary leadership. get a copy @ amozon.co.uk.