Do Not Rejoice- Weep! Finally, a command we can keep!

Cleanse your hearts, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Martin Luther was famous for shaking the world to its foundations. He wrote treatises, books and pamphlets lobbying for the active participation of every believer in…

Rejoice Always? Yeah, Right.

What would you tell somebody you loved if you had one more chance to talk to her? You would probably say that you loved her, right? Or maybe that you are glad he has been a part of your world. Would you tell him to seek happiness? Would you tell her to seek the Lord?…

Humor, Happiness, Jokes and Joy

…there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes. -Lewis Have you ever been in a friendly conversation that unexpectedly turns personal? How do you interact when a trusted friend is “in your kitchen,” so to speak? Do you become suddenly grave and tearful…

The Challenge of Joy

Have you ever considered how incredibly easy it is to be serious? Just yesterday the world lost an icon, a man who certainly changed my life, as I write on a Macbook and check my iPhone for messages. It is a sobering thing to realize that even Steve Jobs was a mortal. There are plenty…

Jesus, the Happy Man

As many times as I have looked for it, melancholy, self-pity, moping and complaining just do not seem to be a part of Jesus’ game. Sure, he weeps with Mary and Martha when Lazarus died. And he sweat drops of blood in the garden at the Mount of Olives before his arrest, too.  Jesus was…