Psalm 1:1-3—How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners, or join a group of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Pity the stuffy religious leader who wears frowns as a badge of maturity and looks down upon those who laugh as frivolous contenders for God’s eventual wrath. He has missed the divine engineering of our marvelous Creator, misused the ministry of role-modeling and will most likely die the premature death of one repressed instead of blessed. The human capacity to laugh is a God-given gift and for good reason.
Some adults love to sit in airports and people-watch. I prefer a playground or a setting with lots of kids. Children crack me up—mostly because they know how to live. Here’s a brief sampling from a recent party.