Will Rogers was known for his laughter, but he also knew how to weep. One day he was entertaining at the Milton H Berry Institute in Los Angeles, a hospital that specialized in rehabilitating polio victims and people with broken backs and other extreme physical handicaps. Of course, Rogers had everybody laughing, even patients in really bad condition; but then he suddenly left the platform and went to the restroom. Milton Berry followed him to give him a towel; and when he opened the door, he saw Will Rogers leaning against the wall, sobbing like a child. He closed the door, and in a few minutes, Rogers appeared back on the platform, jovial as before.
If you want to learn what a person is like, ask three questions. What makes him laugh? What makes him angry? What makes him weep? These are fairly good tests of character that are especially appropriate for Christian leaders.

I visited my dad this week in the nursing home for Thanksgiving. Surrounding us were many more worse off. My heart ached, but then there was a small frail older lady whose face and heart beamed. She was obviously now very challenged but she proclaimed she loved Jesus with enthusiasm that was contagious. Lord help us to approach life with the simple love of giving, giving the gift of laughter and a child’s smile. Pure, from the heart, in your name, Amen.

Take time today to thank God today. You will know what for. Blessings to you and yours.

My view from the saddle.


(Scott Primmer is an avid cowboy-shooting enthusiast and uses that platform to spread the good news with anyone who will listen.   He is also part of New Creation)