Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Taking ourselves less seriously.

"Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh because he must watch his dignity; he cannot give himself over to the rocking and rolling of his belly. But a poor and happy man laughs heartily because he gives no serious attention to his ego." (Terry Lindvall, in Humility by CJ Mahaney)

The godly wife laughs at the future. (Proverbs 31v35)

There's a strange balance to strike in life. We want to take the gospel with absolute seriousness. The gospel leads us to mourn for sin and the fleeting nature of life in this world, and for the destiny of those who don't know Christ.

The danger is that this weightiness means we take ourselves seriously. What I love about the Sovereign Grace Ministries, and I thank Lewis Roderick for reminding me of this, is that they don't take themselves seriously. They suspect themselves of sin rather than prancing around as if they're sinless. They laugh together. They laugh at themselves. At the start of a new year in the student world I find it absurd that I'm leading a team. Absurd that God could use me and indeed the 800 students we're serving in the South West.

The team gathers today for our first 'team days' gathering. I hope we'll be a team who will love the gospel and so be a team who laughs.

In good news. The experiment that could have eaten the world was a success and we're apparently still here. Sean Green notes: There is a fine line between scientific endeavour (which I applaud) and the arrogance of man as shown at the Tower of Babel. Sometimes you've got to wonder what we're shooting for.


  1. The more seriously we take God, the less seriously we will take ourselves.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  2. It's too early too tell on the experiment. When they smash the beams into each other towards the end of next week and in the weeks ahead is the time when something might happen.

  3. You can keep up to date with the latest news on the end of the world here, there is even an RSS feed for added convenience.

    You know when our news media have gone down the tubes when the end of the world has just become another way to hype up a news story and try and connect news to the masses.

    As for the main part of the post, I think you are right. But then I think that a lack of seriousness is the biggest problem with the church in the West at present... and I include myself in that church.

  4. You should check out CJ's recent message given at Covenant Life ( entitled: "Don't Waste Your Humour!"

  5. ironically, dont you think the post about "they're not looking for the higgs boson they're looking for jesus" takes itself a little too seriously? ps the experiment's not started, they've just tested the beams.

  6. I've been much amused by the fuss being made about that.