I Delight to Write
I write to delight, with puns I hope are fun,
Though they might not be for everyone.
I think Bible stories are great,
But I do not care to debate
The ins and outs of every single one.
I much prefer to think of them as fun.
Seriously, I realize not all Bible tales are fun,
And humor can’t be found in every one.
Yet each event adds to the mystery
That makes up mankind’s history.
And that’s why I know I’m still not done
Digging into this great treasure I have “won.”
The Bible Inspires Me
The Bible seems to be an inexhaustible book when it comes to finding new insights. Whenever I open it up, I always discover something in it I never saw before. Humor is what opened the Bible up to me. The day I discovered that God likes to laugh, all sorts of Bible insights seemed to pop out at me. That’s what inspired me to write the way I do.
Writing wasn’t always fun for me. That’s because when I was in school, the teachers gave us specific writing assignments. I had no choice whether or not to write. Because I had no choice, writing became a chore (as well as a huge bore) which I wished I could ignore. I couldn’t explain what it was for, except to punish unpopular students who lacked a genius IQ. Maybe the reason I found school so hard was because my teachers seemed too serious – deliriously serious.
Sunday school was no exception when it came to serious teachers. One time I drew something silly on a coloring page. The lady snatched it up and waved it in the air as a bad example for the entire class to see.
Several years later, after I had begun to read the Bible on my own, I became a believer. Scripture had become a delight to me. I enjoyed reading it. Living it out was the hard part. As far as I could see, all the Christians I knew were doing a better job following Christ than I was. Some seemed to delight in pointing out what I did wrong in areas where they stood super strong.
My human weaknesses seemed to show up everywhere I turned. God’s law, engraved in stone, was out to get me. Those writings struck me as gravely serious.
A Reason to Laugh
I had no joy. Raising children was a chore. Every time I opened the Bible, I envisioned condemnation. Then the church I attended stopped expounding on law and began to teach grace. That’s when the Holy Spirit showed up. I had become desperate for God and to my delight He poured His joy out on me. I learned that laughter comes from God.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Furthermore, according to Nehemiah 8:10, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 2:1-4 puts it this way:
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed . . .
“Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: The Lord shall have them in derision.”
As it says, God laughs at the foolish things that his enemies imagine. Why? Because – I mean, come on, don’t they know who they’re fighting against? Humor clearly has a place in scripture, as long as it pokes fun at the right things: like people who do stupid stuff. That said, while some Christian writers have been gifted to grant warnings, my niche has planted its feet firmly in the realm of comedy. And it refuses to be moved!
I write to delight and I also read to find delight. And because I like writing that brings delight, I think comedy trumps tragedy any day. If I suspect tragedy in a book, I will look past the hook and sneak a peek at the ending just to make sure the author hasn’t tricked me. That’s not to say I haven’t done my share of serious reading (some required, and much of which I barely managed to muddle through).
For a while, I even tried my share of serious writing. I wrote a play on Job, for example, and gave it to a friend to review.
Her response: “This HAS to be a comedy!”
Comedy Trumps Tragedy
I think I got the point, but not entirely. Truth be told, I do like to expound on scripture. My artistic nature finds no delight in explanations, however. I hate having to strain my brain to not offend someone. Without a doubt puns, rhymes, and silly stories work better for me and for my readers. If I don’t make it fun, they’ll shun it. Translation: zero likes. (Shudder)
Given my penchant for humor, it makes sense that I write superhero books for middle grade children. I have also illustrated several children’s books. My first book should be published very soon. A second one is in the works. More sequels are planned.
Like most writers, I am always learning and am open to constructive feedback, as opposed to a “surprise flak attack” (nothing but flak) or a “tasteless smattering of flattery” (self-explanatory). Of course, a little humor added to the mix helps the worst-tasting medicine go down.
What do you think? Do you like humor? Do you write to delight? Feel free to share your insights with me.