I write contemporary romance with a sprinkling of humor, and I like to think of Jesus sitting beside me, laughing, saying, “Good one, Krista” as I write. And many times, if not most of the time, he’s the one whispering the really good lines to me.
I was having an especially “down” moment on Saturday, so picked up hubby’s bible that laid on his dresser and flipped to the spot where he had a marker. It was the book of Numbers. Now, if any of you have read the book of Numbers, you’ll know that this isn’t the most, uh, humerus book in the Bible, although if you’re a number’s geeks like me it could be.
Anyway, I started to read the chapter but wasn’t really getting a lot out of it, so I moved to flip the pages. But something caught my attention at the top of the page. The section description.
“Division of the booty”
Okay, dumb I know, but I laughed. Hard. It was just what I needed. I couldn’t stop my wayward mind from thinking of a woman with a big ole booty going to a surgeon and asking for some of the “plump” in her derriere to be removed… thus… division of the booty. Right there in the Bible.
I tried to flip more in the Bible to get something SERIOUS out of it, but God just shook his head at me and said, Nope, I just knew you needed a good laugh.
Then I got to thinking about my writing. That’s what I want to do. When Christians are overwhelmed with some of the realities of this life, sometimes the prescription isn’t a mouthful of Christian platitudes that roll easily off the tongue, but is really some good ole solid laughter. I pray that God uses my work not only to prod people along in their faith (which I want Him to do too!) but to make people eek out a smile or even cough up a belly laugh when they need it most.
Discussion: I was tempted to ask you to tell me a joke, but decided to go another route. I’d love to know of a funny book you’ve read. I don’t care what kind… it can be a book of jokes or a dramatic suspense that was so cheesy you laughed like crazy. Towards the end of the day, I’ll come back and share some of my favorite laugh-out-loud books.