Laughter is the best medicine.
The Bible says in Proverbs 17:22: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
A good hearty laugh will make us feel good for a long time. That’s why we tell jokes. You can ask any of my close friends and they will tell you I love to tell jokes. In fact all my family loves to laugh. I was told one time that I should be a comedian!
Laughter is the best medicine in your ordinary day too. With humor you may find a whole new way of looking at your life and discover solutions you might not have thought of before.
Sometimes we take life way too seriously. Recently I was craving yogurt from my favorite place. I was driving there and was so happy; you’d think it was Christmas. When I arrived at the yogurt shop I found out, because of COVID-19, they closed early. Was I disappointed? Yes!!! I almost cried, then I texted my girlfriend and told her of my disappointment. I said, “My friend, I was so disappointed I felt like doing something illegal.” “She said illegal? You mean my miscellaneous funds would become bail money?” I laughed so loud I forgot the disappointment.
We have been taught to run through our lives with such a speed we have no time to laugh. The word of God ask us to rest. One of my favorite Bible verses about rest says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). We are human beings, not human doers. We tend to be over-worked and under-rested. Proper rest, however, plays a significant role in living the abundant life.
When we are able to rest and laugh, we are in touch with life’s goodness. If you are down, laughing aloud may seem impossible. You may even look at laughing people and feel they are inconsiderate and loud. But if you are one of the laughing groups, you’d never think that. You enjoy laughing too much. I have always said that the saints of today, the ones who believe the verse, 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you,” understand that God is in control of their lives. They can trust him, casting all cares and anxiety on Him, literally throwing all at His feet. They let Him take care of the circumstances, and they are the ones who make you laugh, mainly because they’re not worried. They give you the best gift—the gift of joy. They really demonstrate that laughter is the best medicine.
When I was in London recently, I was so happy to play with my great-grandson. I tickled him and heard him laugh. Child laughter comes straight from the heart. They have the best giggles.
And do you still remember those wonderful days with your best friend when you could start laughing for no reason and you laughed so long you could barely breathe? I still remember and it makes me smile. I wholeheartedly agree with the Word of God that says, “Laughter is the best medicine.”
So don’t forget to laugh. 🙂
We’d love for you to join us on the next POP Chat, July 29th at 6:30 on Zoom. Dr. Lynnette Simm will be speaking about “How to Find Your Peace,” and Renee Rollins will be our worship leader. We will also have a time of conversation about peace. Only one hour! Hope you can join us. Here’s the link to sign up: https://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z