Laughing in Heaven – Laughter #3

 

Hell yea, it’s day #3 of Laughter week!

 

Laughing in Heaven - laughter 3

 

Seriously

Have you ever heard this quote from the Bible? “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving” Eph 5:4

I went looking for the exact quote to make sure I got it right and found some interesting sites! There’s one that starts out with, ‘Laughter is not joy and humor is not from God’. It then goes on for a LONG time describing in details why jokes and joking and humor are bad and destructive.  Ironically, it’s very funny.

There is also a site that asks the question, “Did Jesus ever laugh?”   That made me laugh.

Good Humor

I don’t like hearing jokes that are hurtful and mean-spirited. That is why I avoid TV shows and comedians that use their humor in mean-spirited and hurtful ways.  Not because it isn’t funny; sometimes mean things are funny, but because it hurts.  And yes, I understand there is a fuzzy line between appropriate and inappropriate and the line is different for each person. 

Food Poisoning

So, when am I responsible for my response?  I liken it to eating something poisonous vs eating something rotten. I can eat something filled with poison but not know it.  then I am dead or really sick. Bad luck for me.  I can also eat something where there is something a little off about the taste or smell.  I chalk it up to you being paranoid and eat it anyway. Then the food turns out to rotten and I end up with food poisoning.  In that case, I am to blame for not heeding my better instincts and avoiding the food.

The same is true with humor. Sometimes I don’t realize the humor is hurting someone and I just laugh. Sometimes I understand it is humor between friends, meant in an affectionate way and no offense is taken.  But other times I do know it is hurtful and I choose to listen and laugh at it anyway.  That’s not a good thing in my book.

While I am not a big believer in the idea of heaven in the first place, if it does exist I hope it’s filled with a lot of fun and laughter just nothing mean and hurtful.

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Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman

Quote by Martin Luther, 1483 – 1546, German monk, founder of the Lutheran Church and foremost Protestant of the reformation era.

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If you’re not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.

Being Alone – From The Series Formerly Known as ‘Unnamed’

 

Hello Napkin Kin!  Have you been wondering all weekend what the theme of last week’s ‘Unnamed Series’ is? Well, wait no longer, here is the answer: Being Alone

I started it because a dear friend of mine who is going through a divorce is now living on her own in a condo.  She is learning how to be alone for the first time in many years. It’s hard enough to be alone when things are going right, but when your world has imploded and all seems lost, being alone can be devastating.  These drawing and quotes were a result of my exploration of the idea of ‘being alone’.

Here they are from first to last, with the quotes written in.

 

Being Alone #1 - from the series formerly known as 'Unnamed'

Being Alone #1 – from the series formerly known as ‘Unnamed’

 

 

Being Alone #2 - from the series formerly known as 'Unnamed'

Being Alone #2 – from the series formerly known as ‘Unnamed’

 

 

Being Alone #3 - from the series formerly known as 'Unnamed'

Being Alone #3 – from the series formerly known as ‘Unnamed’

 

 

Being Alone #4 - from the series formerly known as 'Unnamed'

Being Alone #4 – from the series formerly known as ‘Unnamed’

 

 

Being Alone #5 - from the series formerly known as 'Unnamed'

Being Alone #5 – from the series formerly known as ‘Unnamed’

 

So, now that you know, what do you think? Do the drawings make sense now? Do the quotes fit the drawings? Come on, let me know. I want to do another series like this, it was a lot of fun and there was more than average interaction with the Napkin Kin and your feedback will help make the next series even better.

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Drawings by Marty Coleman

Quotes by the following:

#1 – Frederic Dard, 1921-2000, French author

#2 – Julien De Valckenaere, 1898-1958, Dutch writer

#3 – Martin Luther, 1483-1546, German monk, religious rabble rouser

#4 – Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, American actress

#5 – Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French mathematician and philosopher

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