Smiles as You Serve

Compiled by Tim Wesemann

October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. His actions marked the start of the Protestant Reformation, and his ideas sent ripples throughout the Christian Church and the world.

While many Christians know about some aspects of Luther’s life and service, a good number may not be familiar with his wit and the importance he placed on humor. Martin Luther was a chief advocate of serving God with joy. Sociologist Peter L. Berger noted, “On examination of the great figures of church history, one could perhaps say that Luther was the one with the greatest sense of humor.”

Born out of his belief in the freedom enjoyed by Christ-followers, joy and laughter influenced Luther’s worldview, teaching, and writing. In fact, Luther stated, “The Gospel is nothing less than laughter and joy.”

Luther once said, “If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to be there.” Certainly, joy will fill heaven as we rejoice and worship our Savior! But until we get there, we celebrate Luther’s message of joy that lives with us by grace through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

While I could conclude with those thoughts on joy in serving the Lord, I’ll add a couple other smiles - just for fun!

God’s Peace and Love
After a very long and, well, somewhat boring sermon, the parishioners filed out of the church without sharing any remarks about the pastor’s message. Toward the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons. "Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God."

The pastor was thrilled. "Nobody has ever said anything like that about my preaching before. May I ask you why you feel that way?"

The parishioner didn’t mince words, responding, "Because it endured forever."

Your Coffee Cup Overflows with Joy
A boy surprised his grandmother one morning and brought her a cup of coffee. He made it himself and was quite proud of his accomplishment. He anxiously waited for her response regarding its taste.

The grandmother had never tasted such a horrible cup of coffee, but she wasn’t going to let her grandson know that. So, she forced down sip after sip with a smile. Then she noticed three of his small toy army men in the bottom of the cup. She had to find out why he put them there.

Her grandson replied, "You know, Grandma. Some mornings I hear you sing when you make your coffee, ‘The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup.’”

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