are you wearing that for a bet?

No, I am not wearing this for a bet

Today is expected to be the hottest day of the summer so far in the UK. That’s not saying much for this summer, ‘dry’ is good, but it has prompted me to get one of my summer shirts out of the wardrobe. As you can see, it’s the sort of shirt that will attract both attention and rude comments.

I hope it is the latter.

At least from people who know me. From strangers it may be a little off-putting.

I love the fact that people who know me feel comfortable teasing me and making fun of me. It is good to puncture potential pomposity and deflate an over-inflated ego.

It is great because it shows that people feel comfortable with me. There are times when someone will say something cheeky to me and someone nearby will say, “You can’t say that, he’s a Minister!” Yes, I am a Minister, but I am also a human being who loves laughing and spreading laughter, and if it’s through good-natured banter I am all for it.

How different is Jesus in the New Testament if he has a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face when he says things like:

“Who do people say that I am?”

or

“It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.”

or

“Have you heard the one about the Priest, the Levite and the Samaritan?” (very loose translation here!)

God takes us very seriously so that we don’t have to take ourselves too seriously.

Be blessed, be a blessing.

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