This week on Friday Funnies, we want to feature an excerpt from CJ’s book, Humility: True Greatness (Multnomah Publishers, 2005). My husband has always kept us laughing with his great sense of humor, and in this book he actually cites laughter as just one of many ways to grow in humility:
“Laugh often, and laugh often at yourself…Are you making the most of this divine gift? I’m very grateful that God gave me a father with an unusual gift of humor who taught me to laugh at myself (there’s certainly no lack of material). Time and again laughter has provided much needed help in my ongoing battle against pride.”
Here’s just one story from the book—a great example of CJ laughing at himself:
“The following is a true story. Really.
A while back, someone informed me that my car’s rear left tire—or was it the rear right?—was low on air. Now, in fact, I had no idea how to put air in a car tire. So I turned to a friend—a close friend, I’ll have you know—and asked for his help.
In such a moment, the godly and servant-hearted response from a friend would be to cheerfully answer, ‘Yes, let me help you.’ Instead, my good friend exclaimed, ‘I cannot believe it. I cannot believe it! You don’t know how to put air in your tire?’
On and on like this he went, until he faced me squarely and added, ‘You, my friend, are a moron.’
My friend was merely having fun at my expense, but the truth of the matter is that on a previous occasion I had actually tried, on my own, to put air in my car’s tire. As I knelt to place the air hose on the stem—or whatever that little dealy’s called where you attach the hose to the tire—the extremely loud noise that erupted was an intimidating PHHHHT! PHHHHHHT!
Then a loud ringing started: DING DING DING DING! I was suddenly consumed by an intense fear that my tire was only seconds from blowing up. It’s going to explode, I told myself, and you’re going to die. And at your funeral, all your friends—while wiping away tears in the midst of their mourning—will be shaking their heads and saying to themselves, ‘What an idiot!’
I’m convinced that the sum effect of my attempt that day was only to let out more air than I put in. And as I drove away from the station with a badly underinflated tire, I could almost hear the faint sound of the station attendant’s laughter following me home.”
I want to close with one more exhortation from CJ. It sums up, probably most succinctly, the purpose of Friday Funnies:
“Laugh, really laugh. Because funny stuff is happening all around you. (Sometimes because of you.)”
Have a great and laughter-filled weekend everyone!
Carolyn, Nicole, Kristin, and Janelle