Guilt seems to be our only proper religious attitude according to preachers.
Yet I think Jesus thought the best religious attitude to have is laughter and joy.
When Jesus talked about God and the Kingdom, he talked about God being like a daddy, "abba," and he talked about God inviting people over and over and over and over again. In the Parable of the Laborers in the Field, the master goes out at morning, noon, and night, back and forth from vineyard to street corners, inviting any and all. Evidently this God just has such an open heart, and an open door that he just wants us.
When Jesus talks about God it is a God in love with us, a God who wants to be with us, a God who, when proper people turn him down, goes out into the highways and by ways and invites anyone who will come into the party. The only requirement is to say "yes!"
Do you think of God as angry; is Jonathan Edwards right in the sermon you read in high school, we are "sinners in the hands of an angry God?" Jesus didn't think so. We are sinners in the hands of a loving God, who just loves to invite us to the party.
"Humor is the prelude to faith. Laughter is the beginning of prayer," Reinhold Niebuhr said. I think Jesus would agree. One of the criticism the prim and proper religious folk said of Jesus is that he enjoyed himself too much. He was too happy! But that is the key I think to saintliness. Its only those who can rejoice and laugh are able to see God. The great C.K. Chesterton said "angels can fly because they don't take themselves too seriously."
I think our faith tells us that God just "digs" us, and wants to party with us, and wants us to live the life of discipleship as an eternal invitation to a bash! Can you laugh? Do you have a sense of holy humor? If you do, Jesus is so pleased!