just a thought

 

aaronlinfordRev. Aaron Linford
THE MISSING VIRTUE

The Seven Cardinal Virtues of Christian theology cover the essential points of effective living. Possess them, practice them – and we draw near the perfection Jesus spoke of (Matt 5:48).

Think of them: Faith, Hope, Love, Justice, Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude. Best of all, do them. They will become soul-anchors in the turbulent seas of temptation, as well as a banner of truth and light in a world of falsehood and darkness.

But as I went over them again in my mind, l felt something was missing – the missing virtue; HUMOUR. Is this the “salt” of (Col 4:6) that seasons our behaviour?
Job illustrates this concept thus – “Is there any taste in the white of an egg”? The albumen may be nourishing, but it is insipid. But he had already given the answer: “Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt” (Job 6:6).

And so with life. A touch of humour (especially holy glee) can make the tasteless repetitions of ordinary living to have an acceptable and enjoyable aspect. A pinch of humour adds piquancy to living.

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