He will yet fill your mouths with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
It’s funny, my sister read a few of my blogs and said, “you need to stop crying in your closet!”. It made me laugh because it’s true! So I decided…it’s time to change it up! Time to laugh! I believe God has a sense of humor, He created laughter, we should do it more often, right??
Most of us have probably read Proverbs 17:22, A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Sometimes you just have to let loose and have some fun. Like a lot of you, my husband’s job can be pretty stressful. One day when the kids were younger, they were outside playing on the slip and slide. He pulled in the driveway from work as the kids were dripping wet. Next thing you know, he goes running across the yard and slides down the slip and slide- work clothes and all! The kids still talk about that 8 years later.
Not so long ago, we were enjoying an evening on the patio. I had the hose and teased my husband that I was going to spray him as he lounged on a chair. He threatened if I did spray him I’d get soaked…my son saw this as a great opportunity to start video taping. Low and behold, I seriously accidentally squeezed the trigger! Stunned, I quick turned to run but my lovely husband easily caught up with me. He had mercy on me, but I did get wet and the kids thought it was hysterical. Psalm 126:2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy….
Studies have shown that laughter actually decreases stress hormones. We are made in God’s likeness so I believe he laughs, too. Why else would it be healthy? I heard a true story about a man who was diagnosed with a fatal cancer. They gave him about a year to live. He decided against treatment and instead, spent the year joyfully giving to others. Blessing others in various ways…after a year, he was cancer free. (I am not saying forgo treatments for diseases, but I do think it’s therapeutic to be joyful!)
As Mark Twain said, The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. Boy, do I need more laughter! We all do. Wouldn’t our world be a better place if we we all just laughed a little each day? Let’s try it! I am going to try to make it a point to laugh every day….even in the midst of having teens, in the middle of daily life stress, in the daily hustle of school and activities, stuck in work traffic…God gave us the gift of laughter. Let’s lighten up and just have a laugh. It’s good medicine…a nice change from closet crying!
Dear God, thank you so much for laughter! Forgive us when we forget to have fun and laugh. Thank you that we are made in your image and that you smile and laugh and want us to, too! Amen