In the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” Gene Wilder playing the lead role breaths the line “A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.” I was probably 10 the first time that phrase was emblazoned on my brain and it is one that has stayed with me. Wilder’s Wonka wasn’t the first to use it. In fact it goes at least back to the 1820’s when the line appeared in a New York newspaper.
The Bible actually says it much better: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…” (Proverbs 17:22). I don’t know what kind of day, week, month, or year you’ve had. I’m sure there have been some challenges. God’s evil enemy loves to tamper with the spirit of God’s good men. I don’t think there is any single thing that lends to quitting quite like discouragement. And that comes in so many forms.
Add to this fact sheet the reality that we are dealing with matters of heaven and hell. The most serious of things.
Can I remind your to smile? To laugh? To find something to feel good about? To be at a place where you can enjoy a good, pure, non-hurtful belly laugh? I fear for some of you it’s been way to long, especially if you are embattled, if you are tired, if you are feeling under-appreciated, if you’d like to move and can’t find anywhere to go or if you don’t want to move but fear you may not get that choice. When pressures mount we sometimes forget to do one of the healthiest and most beneficial things, so find something, someone, somewhere, some how to laugh. It’ll move the desire to quit a little further down the line.