I am soon going to be getting into the car and head off to the Conference I mentioned last week. Before I go I thought I would put fingers to keyboard and leave you with a thought and a joke.
I was impressed with Sebastian Vettel over the weekend. In case you don’t know, he is a Formula 1 racing driver for the Red Bull team and won the World Championship. He was overcome with emotion immediately afterwards: not knowing whether to laugh or cry and managing to do both. I can’t imagine how he felt but he was open and honest enough to show his emotions.
One of the ways in which we are able to grow closer together as followers of Jesus is if we are honest with each other. The knee-jerk reaction to being asked how we are is ‘Fine, thanks’. There are times when we are not fine and if we do not admit that how will people know to pray for us and support us?
The tenuous link with this joke is crying…
After tucking their three-year-old child Sammy in for bed one night, his parents heard sobbing coming from his room.
Rushing back in, they found him crying hysterically. He managed to tell them that he had swallowed a penny and he was sure he was going to die. No amount of talking was helping.
His father, in an attempt to calm him down, palmed a penny from his pocket and pretended to pull it from Sammy’s ear. Sammy was delighted.
In a flash, he snatched it from his father’s hand, swallowed, and then cheerfully demanded, “Do it again, Dad!”