Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and armor;
arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
“I am your salvation.”
May those who seek my life
be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back in dismay.
May they be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
- Psalm 35:1-6
“So, instead of blaming others or feeling sorry for myself or planning a jump from the Golden Gate, I’m gonna laugh for awhile. If you don’t feel like laughing with me, close the book or turn the page. Far be it from me to force you to smile.
“But if you, too, think it seems appropriate to laugh at some of the stuff that drives us nuts, here are a few groaners.
“A day without a crisis is a total loss.
“The other line always moves faster.
“Leakproof seals—will. Interchangeable parts—won’t.
“Inside every large problem are a bunch of little ones struggling to get out.
“Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
“Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.
“The repairman will never have seen a model quite like yours before.
“Any tool dropped while repairing a car will roll underneath to the exact center.
“No matter how long or hard you shop for an item, after you’ve bought it, it will be on sale somewhere cheaper.
“There’s never time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it over.
“Once you open a can of worms you are never able to recan them.
“You will remember you forgot to put the trash out front when the garbage truck is two doors away and you’re in the shower.
“If you try to please everybody, nobody will like it.
“The chance of the bread falling with the peanut butter and jelly side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.
“When a broken appliance is demonstrated for the repairman, it will work perfectly.
“Not until you get home from the party will you realize you have a string of spinach in your teeth.
“There’s a committee somewhere right now planning your future, and you were not invited to the meeting.
“No one’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
“There are hundreds more, but that’s enough for now. I feel better already, don’t you?
“Truly, laughter is often the best medicine.”
- Charles R. Swindoll, The Finishing Touch (Devotion for Week 33, Tuesday)
We see King David ask God to take over his mess because David realizes it is out of his control.
Then we see Rev. Swindoll poke fun at a lot of things that drive us crazy.
Why do we worry and fret over such things? While many on Rev. Swindoll’s list are laugh out loud funny, even when it has happened to us, others are groaners because the wound is still fresh and has not healed yet.
Should it have had time to heal? Then, let it go and laugh it off.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.
Let a smile be your umbrella 🥸
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