I spend a great deal of time in my car.  Therefore, I hear a lot of radio preachers, teachers and Christian living tidbits.  Often, I don’t pay much attention to who is teaching but the quality of what is being said.  Today, I was listening to a short snippet teaching on family life. 

The commentator suggested that a family have a joke night because this was a great way to teach your children how to speak in front of people and how to be relaxed when speaking with other people.  He said that there is great value in teaching a child to have a sense of humor and in developing their ability to make themselves and other people laugh. 

This made me think about the blog and your comments on value of telling a story.  While I had never thought of it before, jokes are mini stories.  They may be tall tales or an exaggerated commentary on life. 

Can humor be taught?  Yes, it can.  There is a proven method in what makes things funny.  Stories and events that tickle our funniest bones are wild exaggerations that could actually happen.   If an event or action could not actually happen, it isn’t funny.  What makes the U-tube video of the babies that fly into the fence?  It is a wild exaggeration.  Yet, you see that it could happen because you view it with your own eyes.

Psychologist also say that the ability to be funny is a sign of high intelligence.  However, that doesn’t mean that our members don’t enjoy and catch a humorous event.  We should never let it be said that the thing that is missing with our presentation of the Gospel to our members is a sense of humor.  Our members love physical comedy, action and activity.  Often they get the subtleties of silence at the appropriate time.  Couple it with an eye roll and everyone will be laughing.

Often, the sillier, the better with humor that our members enjoy.  Put downs and cutting humor isn’t funny to them.  However, if you can couple a compliment with an exaggeration, they will love it.  I often pick on one of our teacher who has been a Christian for many years.  I may say, “Of course, Ed is the best Christian in the room.  His prayers are so powerful that I’ve heard that when he goes fishing, he doesn’t use a boat .  He either parts the water or walks on top it, picking up fish as he goes along.”  Our members adore Ed and they can easily believe that he could part the water or walk on it.

While the snippet of teaching was speaking about families and humor, don’t forget this important tool in your artillary

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