My mother possessed a great sense of humor.
In other posts, I have written funny things about her:
- Her use of the mixed metaphor, “grabbing the mule by the horns.”
- Her goofy antics (pushing through Wal-Mart a cart full of reduced-price tennis shoes, thinking she was navigating her own cart).
- Her tumble down the little hill in her back yard when shooing a squirrel away from her flower bed.
- Her kitchen snafus (forgetting to serve the dressing she made for Thanksgiving dinner, and failing to prebake a pie crust before pouring in the cream filling).
In all these situations, I didn’t laugh at my mother. I laughed with her. She could see the humor in her own mistakes.
One day she and I were discussing some random topic, and Mom said, “Well, Jesus taught (such and such) . . . and I think he was right.”
After a few seconds, we both started laughing.
Of course whatever Jesus taught was right. He doesn’t need our affirmation of His words.
At least, in my mother’s and my opinion, He doesn’t.
Not everyone, however, agrees.
Many people today are eager to explain away or completely disregard Jesus’ teachings.
They also claim God’s moral laws outlined in the Bible no longer apply.
The writings of the Gospels, according to them, are partly fiction.
The admonitions about righteous living found in the Epistles were only for people who lived in the Apostle Paul’s day, they say.
All people choose someone or something to be the authority for their lives.
My mother and I chose the Bible.
What have you chosen?