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Joy of the Lord

Doug Dezotell
Posted 1/21/23

How about taking some time for a little humor. After all, Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”

I don’t want any …

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Joy of the Lord


How about taking some time for a little humor. After all, Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”

I don’t want any of us to have a broken spirit…or dry bones.

So…here goes…

A police officer pulls over a speeding car.

The officer says, “I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir.”

The driver says, “Gee, officer, I had it on cruise control at 60; perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating.”

Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: “Now don’t be silly, dear– you know that this car doesn’t have cruise control.”

As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, “Can’t you please keep your mouth shut for once !! ?”

The wife smiles demurely and says, “Well dear you should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did or your speed would have been higher.”

As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, “Woman, can’t you keep your mouth shut?”

The officer frowns and says, “And I notice that you’re not wearing your seat belt, sir. That’s an automatic $75 fine..”

The driver says, “Yeah, well, you see, officer, I had it on, but I took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket.”

The wife says, “Now, dear, you know very well that you didn’t have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you’re driving.”

And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket, the driver turns to his wife and barks, “WHY DON’T YOU PLEASE SHUT UP???”

The officer looks over at the woman and asks, “Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma’am?”

“Only when he’s been drinking!”

(Well, it is best to obey the law, and be truthful. Especially when you have an observant and truthful person sitting there with you.)

Here’s another one….

(Some people are called to preach the Gospel and others are called to yell.)

After a church service one Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his parents,

“Mom and Dad, I’ve decided to become a minister when I grow up.”

“Why that’s wonderful, honey,” his mother responded. “That’s sure okay with us. But what made you decide that?”

“Well,” the little boy said, “I have to go to church on Sundays anyway…. And I figure it would be more fun to stand up and yell at people, than to have to just sit there and listen.”

Okay, one more….

Comedians Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks did some comedy sketches called the “2000 Year Old Man.” In one skit, Reiner interviews Brooks, who is the old gentleman.

At one point, Reiner asks the old man, “Did you always believe in the Lord?"

Brooks replied: “No. We had a guy in our village named Phil, and for a time we worshiped him.”

Reiner: “You worshiped a guy named Phil? Why?”

Brooks: “Because he was big, and mean, and he could break you in two with his bare hands!”

Reiner: “Did you have prayers?”

Brooks: “Yes, would you like to hear one? O Phil, please don’t be mean, and hurt us, or break us in two with your bare hands.”

Reiner: “So when did you start worshiping the Lord?”

Brooks: “Well, one day a big thunderstorm came up, and a lightning bolt hit Phil. We gathered around and saw that he was dead. Then we said to one another, “There's somethin’ bigger than Phil!”

Yes there is something much, much bigger than Phil.

Our God, the Creator of all that exists, is much, much bigger, yet He takes time to be here with us. The Bible says He is Emmanuel, which means ‘God With Us.’

And God wants us to live with that knowledge, and take time to laugh and love.

The Bible says, “The Joy of the Lord is your strength;” and the Joy of the Lord has the power to give us the strength to make it through the difficult times.

When we’re faced with trials, it’s easy for us to become discouraged, depressed and feeling hopeless.

But if we focus on the Joy of the Lord instead, that Joy can empower us to keep going.

It can give us hope and a sense of purpose when nothing else seems to make sense.

My prayer for you is that you will take time to recognize God is there with you, so live fully, laugh often, and love a whole lot.