by Roy A. Cheville

Healthy humor is essential to gospel living. This involves the relationship of the individual with others. It is the serious business of living in right relations with God, His sons and daughters, and His universe. Although serious, life is to be enjoyed.

God says, "Men are that they might have joy." Such joy calls for man to work with God and find satisfaction in this eternal endeavor. The maturing Saint sees inconsistencies and maladjustments, of course. With God, he will smile at some situations and try to straighten out others.

We shall read of people who smiled at situations they observed or became involved in—sometimes through their own blundering, sometimes through none of their own doing. For example, the visiting elder who, when his chair collapsed before the congregation, smiled and commented, "I did not intend to get the floor at that moment."