One of the things that I love to do is laugh. The late American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr said, “Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.”
While at this year’s Ministry Conference God blessed me with a lot of opportunities to laugh. Some of that laughter was at myself while at other times I was able to laugh alongside others. Reconnecting with old friends and laughing as well as connecting with new friends and laughing, both brought with it wonderful memories and needed opportunities to laugh.
For some reason life is easier to deal with when we are willing to laugh. Proverbs 15:15 says, “All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Unfortunately we are all often too serious. We forget to smile, to rejoice, and to laugh. I think of Jesus walking on the water while the Disciples are scared and freaking out thinking he is a ghost. I don’t know about you but I imagine that Jesus and the Disciples had a good laugh about that later on. Maybe as Jesus described the look on their faces and they laughed.
Somehow laughter brings healing to the soul. It reminds us that even though we may be going through a fire now there is still hope. According to www.helpguide.org “Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.”
So Friends, laugh a little; no laugh a lot. Just as misery loves company so does laughter. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take a break from reality. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend. And remember to laugh. Remember these words from the great theologian Mark Twain, “Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”
Blessings my Friends,