Week 18

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22-23

This verse reminds me of something light and breezy. Happy. Levity among friends is a great addition when getting together.

Rather odd that a great sense of humor or an optimistic attitude can be viewed as foolishness or unspiritual. Anyone with that mindset surely lacks the fruit of the spirit, ergo levity. Agree? 

Levity is nearly an archaic word, but one that is within my vocabulary. My grandfather used this word and when he said it he often laughed, therefore I associated the word with something funny. He was also one of the most kind and gracious men I ever knew. He spoke ill of no one, so his pleasure in levity was merry-heartedness. What a great example. When I think of levity, I do not think of tomfoolery or idiocy. 

I think levity is in line with the fruit of the spirit. The fruit spoken of communicate a positive and good-hearted, happy way to live. The attributes are in line with gayety, happiness and levity. Levity is a good thing. When levity turns into something bodacious or bawdy, then it usually questionable. 

From time to time, I have used this word, but perhaps without its full meaning. Noah Webster associates it with gayety, when gayety meant gayety.  I associated it with joy and happiness, perhaps humour.  It is more than that…. It is a light-hearted conversation. In todays world, we could all use a bit of levity.

Increase Your Levity Quotient.

  • Keeping a smile on your face and in your heart. You will be a person that other enjoy being around. 
  • Avoid ongoing discussions that are ripe with discouragements: politics and pandemics are two example. These incessant discussions can promote worry and discouragement. Let go for awhile and infuse a little levity. Be prepared to counter negative reports with good report.(Philippians 4:8). Think on these things.
  • Spend time with happy people; you may catch happiness, as if a contagion. We become like those we spend time with. Many have said it, so I will give credit to the home I grew up in. 
  • Read encouraging material, a joke book? Yes. Zig Ziglar books are encouraging, funny and consistent with God’s Word. This is a man that used levity well. I have often thought that I wish I had someone like him to encourage me and speak truth to me as a young women.
  • Laugh out loud every morning, even if you live alone.  No; really. I learned this principle through Zig Ziglar. He told the story of a widow of advanced age that was struggling. He encouraged her to spend a certain amount of time laughing each morning before she began her day. She thought it rather strange, but rose the next morning. While still sitting on the edge of her bed, she made herself laugh. Perhaps it was just the silliness of the exercise but she claimed it was great help and she left her bedroom each morning with a better outlook because she had done this ridiculous exercise. Perhaps the exercise was not entirely ridiculous.  Have I ever done this? I’ll never tell.

Levity has the ability to lighten very difficult times. When attending funeral or memorial services in my church, they almost always include levity. When we know the departed is a child of God, we can enjoy, for they surely are enjoying.  Laughter through the tears.

My husband’s memorial service was recorded. I did not watch it until one year later. I recall laughing in recognition as different ones told funny stories having to do with Harry, but for the most part I was fairly in a daze at his memorial. A year later, I watched the recorded service. I planned to watch it alone, knowing I would probably be sobbing. Of course, there were moments of sorrow as I remembered him. But, levity! A couple of times, I burst out laughing because the stories were so very true and hilarious. Sitting alone a year later, laughing at my husband’s memorial. How many times I have enjoyed something and thought: Oh, I wish Harry were here to enjoy this with me. He would have loved his memorial and I can imagine him laughing with tears in his eyes. He would have been charmed and delighted. I know this is true because we laughed at these stories while he lived, while he lived with me. 

Looking back to the fruit of the Spirit, levity should be kind. It should be shared at appropriate times. It should not be used to make a point at another’s expense as sarcasm is often found guilty of. Overdone humour is foolishness. Our Spirit will teach us if we are in the habit of listening. Levity is joy, in goodness.

As you know, I like to end with applicable quotes on my subject. I just could not decide today. They offer profundity and levity, and perhaps without meaning to!

Moderate strength is shown in violence; supreme strength is shown in levity.  G.K. Chesterton. Our streets bear this out – loudly.

Levity of behavior, always a weakness, is far more unbecoming in a woman than a man. William Penn       Well! I used to like that guy!  I still do. It is good to know that I am not the only one that has publicly misspoken. 

Nothing like a little judicious levity.   R.L. Stevenson

CRUMPETS:

Some one-liners today ….

I’m going to quit my job and travel the world until I run out of money! I estimate my return to be about 9PM.

Sometimes I dig a hold in the backyard late at night to keep my nosey neighbors guessing.

A husband told his friend that his wife’s birthday is this week and she has been leaving jewelry catalogs all over the house. Hint. Hint! He got the hint and bought her a magazine rack.

You may have to think about this one:   Why are there no knock-knock jokes about America?   BECAUSE FREEDOM RINGS!!!!

My boss told me to have a good day, so I went home.

Maybe not funny: You are starving and you walk into the kitchen and all you can find is a bunch of ingredients to make food.

Have a great week Ladies! Add a little levity.  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Galatians 5:9.  I didn’t just go there; did I?  Oops! But, truly levity/leavening … the principle is there.