I remember being a little girl, full of laughter, watching the adults around me and wondering to myself why they were so boring. I am now one of those adults and realized that my son probably thinks the same thing about me. With so many responsibilities and obligations, it takes a lot of determination to get them all done. And what have I turned into – a boring, serious, adult. But the thing is, I don’t believe that is how God intended me to live.
Here are five verses in Scripture about laughter:
“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22a.
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21.
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.'” Psalm 126:2.
“Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.'” Genesis 21:6.
“A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:13.
Evangelical Pastor, Chuck Swindoll said, “Laughter is the most beautiful and beneficial therapy God ever granted humanity.” Why did he say this? Because there is research that indicates that laughter reduces your stress, which in turn can be better for your health. Read what Mayo Clinic has to say about that: here.
Do you also suffer from living such a “serious” life? Does your child look at you and think that adults are boring? If so – let’s try something today. Let’s try to goof off for a moment, be silly! Enjoy a moment with your child, spouse, or friend where you can play. For our “life is but a mist” and Jesus tells us to “become like little children”. Let’s take this moment, to put away the work, the stress, the responsibilities and laugh.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of laughter. Please help me to not forgo those moments in life where I can have fun, be joyful and laugh with my loved ones. Help me to have a cheerful heart. Amen.
Discussion: How can you make laughter a part of your life in this busy world we live in?