When was the last time that you laughed so hard that you could barely breathe? Hanging out with my family is like that. Get my brother, dad, and brother-in-law together on a road trip, and you are guaranteed belly laughs. Let my husband or my son start a light-hearted conversation, and before you know it, you’re laughing until tears roll down your face. Have my daughter describe what she went through before delivering my grandson, and you can’t laugh hard enough to get the tickle out. Have my son-in-law walk into the room, and without warning, break out with one of his many accents, and it’s Saturday night at the Apollo all over again.
You probably know people like my family. I call them the ‘laugh doctors.’ They make serotonin flow from your brain. Before you know it, the physical pain you may be experiencing goes out the window, and your heart feels a lot lighter. You might be thinking, “What if I don’t have someone around to bring a smile to my eyes and laughter to my lips?”
I say, “Entertain yourself.”
Find something about which to smile and laugh.
Don’t take yourself seriously all of the time.
Laugh at yourself.
Let me give you a couple of examples. One morning, I awoke and decided that I would curl my hair in tight curls all over. By the time that I had finished, I had curly waves falling down my back. I was extremely pleased with the look. I hadn’t worn my hair that curly in years, and my hair was out of the usual ‘ponytail do’ that I sport most days.
Well, I arrived at work, and was standing in the school’s front office when a first grader walked in. She looked up at me, and with a very sympathetic look on her face, patted my arm and said, “Bad hair day, huh? My mom has those too.” I cracked up inside! I tried not to laugh aloud, because she looked so concerned, but inside I was hollering! I told the next teacher that walked into the building what little Jessica had said. It brightened my entire day! In fact, whenever I think about it, I still laugh.
More recently, I was preparing for work, when I decided to wear a pair of lovely dangling earrings, with brown translucent stones, that my daughter had given me. I was in a hurry to get to work, so I threw on the earrings and ran out the door.
In the last class period of the day, a little fourth grader sweetly looked up at me and said, “Did you know that you have a pin hanging from your earring?” “A pin?” I responded, “Oh, it must be the back of the earring.” She smiled as she reached up to fix my earring, “No, a pin,” she said, as she handed me a huge safety pin that was more than an inch and a half long. Apparently, it had been dangling from my earring the entire day, class after class.
I took one look at it, burst into laughter, and said, “Well now, you didn’t know that I was into punk rock, did you?” The class laughed and we went on with the lesson. Later, I kept remembering the second glances I had received from various teachers all day. Every time I thought of a puzzled face I had seen, I would howl in laughter all over again!
Okay, so if you think that you can’t find anything to laugh about, how about a smile? Surely you can smile every time you think about how the enemy thought he had you defeated, but God came through time and time again. Look in the mirror and remember that He loves you ALWAYS. That should bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. For the joy of the Lord is your strength. Really, joy then is a powerful weapon against the enemy. I can’t afford to neglect brightening the corner where I am. Neither can you! When was the last time that you called someone on the phone and cheered them up?
Even God laughs, you know. He laughs at His enemies who think they can defeat him. If God has a sense of humor, then why not you and me?
Don’t wait until the weekend, but every day, take a laugh break. Purposely find something wholesome to do or say that will bring a smile to your heart. Remember, laughing is a wonderful way to enjoy your journey!
Questions to consider:
1.When the last time that you had a good belly laugh?
2. When was the last time God made you laugh?
Scriptures to consider:
Job 8:21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
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