Yesterday I was requested to send a 2″ x 2″ ID photo with me wearing a black polo shirt with collar and with a white background. I asked my wife to set up the white sheet background as I began to mount my camera on a tripod and adjust the camera settings. My wife then took some shots. Then I made funny faces which made her burst into laughter. Humor is part of our family haha!
Enjoying Humor in Life
I then sent through email two ID photos requested by an office. I suggested that the first photo should be used. I was kidding of course haha! I just love to put in some humor in my life once in a while. I actually sent two photos — the right one and the funny one. The folks who received it actually enjoyed it and had a good laugh when they received the photos. It was all for fun.
For those who don’t know me that much, one might have the impression that I’m the “serious type.” No humor in life at all. Not really. I can be serious at appropriate times but I actually do love to have fun with friends all the time as well. My wife and kids know I can be quite funny at home too.
Life and Love in Christ
Christ came that we might have life and enjoy it abundantly. And he did this because of his great love for all of us. Although in this world we may have lots of challenges that we face everyday, although difficulties in life come often, it should not dampen our spirits and have fun and humor in life from time to time. Having humor, having laughter in life sure is good medicine for all of us! Let’s continue to enjoy life and love in Jesus Christ!
A couple of days ago, I was intrigued by a Facebook friend request. It got me interested because her name was actually the name of one of my aunts who passed away a long time ago. As I checked the Facebook account of this young lady, I found out that she is my niece whom I’ve never met and never knew before! Facebook has really changed the world and has connected many to one another. We all somehow are connected and have some kind of relationship. And it’s true for me too. I am now connected to many of my old and new friends, high school classmates, neighbors, relatives and to so many others around the country and around the world!
Connection and Relationship
All of us want to be connected. We want to relate. To have a relationship. An that is how God has wired us — to long for connection with him and with our fellowmen. If there is separation — if there is any gap at all — we somehow would want to find a way to reconnect and re-establish that broken relationship. My newfound niece was curious about the background of her dad’s family as well as relatives and so she searched and found me on the internet. She said her dad did not really tell her much about his family background. And thankfully she found me at Facebook. Her dad was my first cousin whom I rarely met after he left our hometown of Bayugan to pursue a college education in the Visayas during the late 60s. Ever since that time, we only met once in a while as years passed. He passed away sometime in 2004. Anyway, my niece was so happy to know more from me about her dad and her dad’s immediate relatives. And so, we are now connected even though I haven’t met her personally yet.
Christ came to earth to be among us and to become one of us. That’s the meaning of one of his names, Immanuel—that is, God with us. The Triune God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a God of relationships — loving relationships. And the wonderful thing is, God wants us to be included into that loving relationship through Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ came to connect with us. To relate with us. And to tell us about his dad, our Father in heaven. All along, it was God’s plan to adopt us and to include us into the life and love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And it’s a joy to know we are part of that family!
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
Have you ever experienced being homesick when you are far away from home? I guess many of us have had that kind of experience at one point or many times in our lives. We know how it feels to be so far away from home. My first ever experience was when I was a teenager. After I finished high school in my hometown of Bayugan, I was sent to the big and crowded city of Metro Manila to get a college education. That was the loneliest time I ever felt because it was the first time I was away from home from my family and to be alone in a totally new world in the big city. I really longed to be back home at that time. The first few years in college was tough. I somehow got adjusted to the new environment eventually.
Longing for Home is Longing for God
By God’s grace, I now understand that this longing for home is something that God has built into us. God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a God of relationships. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have been enjoying their life and love together for all eternity. The Triune God created us for relationship with him. He wants us to be included into this wonderful, happy and lasting relationship. From the foundation of the world, he has decided to adopt us as his children. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit wants us to be included into their inner circle of life and love for all eternity. He has created us to long for home. I’m not just talking about being home with our immediate family but to be home with our loving God. Without God in our lives, we can somehow sense that something is missing — a kind of emptiness that needs to be filled. It is as if we are away from home. That is why we long for home. God wants us to be included into the life and love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Dr. C. Baxter Kruger has helped me understand this point more clearly in his book, The Great Dance. I also really like the way David Kowalick has phrased it in a somewhat picturesque language in his book, All About Glory:
“I well remember poignant moments such as standing on a beach or a mountain top, watching the sunset after a magnificent day spent with friends sharing good times, when, for the briefest moments, it was as if the celestial curtain lifted on a heavenly wind, and allowing me to momentarily gaze into the very meaning of creation. In these moments I often experience a deep sadness; a sweet nostalgic sense of loss. I was incapable of explaining these emotions at the time, but I have since come to recognise them as a longing for ‘home.'”
Home in Jesus Christ
Those who have come to see that Christ is already in them are already “home” right now enjoying life and love — a loving relationship — with him, in him and through him. But there is also a final fulfillment in the future when God will dwell with men and there will be no more war, no more tears, no more sorrow and no more pain. What a wonderful future that would be! At that time, we will finally be home enjoying eternal life and love with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the meantime, we continue to share this good news, we continue to wait and hope with joy, assurance and anticipation that when the Lord returns, we will finally be home with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit enjoying the great dance of life and love forever!