BY GWEN DRESSEL - CHRISTIAN FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER
A little boy asked his father: "Dad, How far can you count?" The father really didn’t know how to answer so he said, "I really don’t know but how far can you count?"
The little boy quickly answered "973."
Dad said “That is quite a few.” The little boy answered and said proudly, “That is how far I got when church ended.”
Laughter is the best medicine. We have heard that many times. Ps 118: 24 says, “This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow never comes. We only have the present. Let us rejoice in his presence.
People get so caught up in the affairs of life, with wars, famine, rumors of war, also in their own lives with hectic schedules, running here and there and trying to get everything done. They forget that they need to take the time to laugh. Ecc. 3:4 says, "a time to weep, and a time to laugh.”
Our God has a sense of humor, remember in Genius 18:12, He came to Abraham and said , "You will have a son.” Abraham went home and told Sarah, she laughed, she couldn’t figure out how she could bare a child — she was 89 and Abraham was 100. Could you imagine being in that place and time, and God said that to you? But they did have a son and named him, Isaac, which means laughter.
Laughter is not a learned behavior, it’s instinctual. People born blind and deaf laugh, infants laugh when they are about 2 months old. Toddlers laugh at bugs. They laugh, even if we adults don’t think its funny. Teenagers laugh to protect themselves or make themselves superior. Sometimes we laugh to relieve tensions — to overcome negativity. The next time you feel like you are losing control, have a little humor time with your Bible reading and watch Jesse Duplantis or some other preacher and laugh with them. Learn to laugh at yourselves. Sometimes we do the stupidest things. Laugh at it and others will get caught up in your laughter.
Ps 126:2,3 “then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then said they among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
Some of the things laughter does for us are:
1. It helps us cope — Luke 6:21 2. Helps establish communication and rapport — Ps. 126:2-3 3. Relieves tension — Job 8:21 4. Gives you a sense of power —Ps 32:11 There are things in life we cannot control, but humor can turn the most difficult situation around.
5. It increases learning and retention — Prov, 2:6 and Prov 1:7
Take a box of crayons and color a picture. Use the browns, blacks, grays — how do you feel? Color another picture using reds, yellows, oranges. What happens? All of a sudden, you become happy, joyful and start seeing the world in a different light.
Proverbs 15:15 says: “All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast."
Have you had your laughs today? If not, get working on it for the joy of the Lord is your strength!
If you have never made the Lord your Savior, ask Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your heart today. Amen.