When we are little, we are always trying to find high places so we can see. We stand up in the “high chair” to see all around. We want to be on somebody’s shoulders to gain a vantage point. Hold us up high so we can see the parade. We climb the nearest tree so we can see out and scout the territory.
We adults do the same. We go to the top of the Empire State Building to see all of Manhattan. We see the earth through Google Earth and some crazy people even climb tall mountains.
Our human hearts are like helium balloons. When filled with helium, a balloon will soar to the clouds, but when deflated it sinks, bouncing along the ground. But give it a good dose of helium, and off she goes again.
Laughter allows us to take our eyes off of ourselves and our problems, and our worries, for a brief moment. In that very brief moment, we are free from our daily worries. We become lighter, lighter in spirit and mood. Laughter allows us to float about the worries of the world for a brief time.
I love to read misprints and mistakes in church newsletters. For example, “This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.” See, it works. “This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Johnson to come and lay an egg on the altar.”
See, what did I tell you? Laughter is helium for the heart.
Back in the 16th century a guy named Copernicus advanced the theory that the earth is not the center of the universe. Christians called him a heretic. He was right, but you would not know it today. We tend to think that everything in the universe revolves around us. My job is the hardest. My problems are the largest. My family is the worst. My disappointments are the worst. Well, guess what? It’s not about you.
A young minister was worried about what to say during hospital visits. You learn. You don’t walk into a hospital room where the patient is in a full body cast, and ask “So, how are you today?”
One day he made a visit to the hospital to visit a rather prickly older lady. She was dying and in and out of consciousness. So, he sat by her bed holding her hand. Suddenly she started saying, “Please don’t leave me. Please stay with me.”
He wasn’t sure what to say, so he said, “I’m right here Else. I’m not leaving.”
Else opened her eyes, looked right at him, and with disgust, said, “I’m not talking to you! I’m talking to him!” as she pointed towards a crucifix on the wall.
Truthfully, only one seven billionth is about you. Remember that God has a great big world he cares about too. Don’t forget that a salmon has a brain about the size of a jelly bean but it can find its way home a thousand miles away. But we still need GPS to get to Marietta.
Holy Week is fast approaching and with it, we are reminded that God “so loved the world that he gave his son…” So, take your eyes off yourself. Love your neighbor and worship God.
The truth is, no matter how much great stuff you do with your life, no matter how many awards you win, the size of your funeral will depend on the weather.