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
Humor is what opened the Bible up to me. The day I discovered God likes to laugh, His Word went from dull to fun. Ah, let there be grace for everyone!
To write on strict assignment is a chore (as well as a huge bore I wish I could ignore. My teachers in grade school were so serious – almost deliriously serious. In Sunday school too I gathered frowns, by drawing 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.
Even after I read the Bible on my own and became a believer, I felt like the worst example of a Christian in the world – because in areas where I did wrong, other kids stood super strong. For me the Christian “fight” held no delight. 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.