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An Often Forgotten Gift

An Often Forgotten Gift August 14, 2018

My last blog post was an attempt at humor. I’m not sure it landed, but I do know that laughter is good for the soul.

I’ve always loved humor. I use it in teaching (in part to help students relax) and, when appropriate, I use it in counseling. I use it for myself too. Some of my favorite speakers and writers are the ones that make me laugh. In fields such as social work and counseling, we talk about self-care. Shrieking with laughter is one of my favorite forms of self-care. Putting on an old sitcom helps me “LOL” and is a great way to decompress after (or during) a long day. My husband and I howl with one another all the time, and such sweet time together it is.

But don’t take my word about laughter being a good thing. Take a look at what the Bible has to say about this overlooked topic:

Ecclesiastes 3 speaks to there being a time for everything – including laughter (verse 4).

Psalm 126:2 speaks to the expression of laughter the Israelites experienced after being restored.

In Luke 6:21, Jesus says these hopeful words: “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”

I love the promise this verse holds – that despite whatever we may be facing now, those who know Jesus as Savior and Lord will one day laugh again. What glee that will be. But in tough times, we would do well to remember the truth of Proverbs 17:22…that a cheerful heart is good medicine. So, cheer up through a funny book, a clean comedian, or (if you’re like my family) by watching The Andy Griffith Show. Crack up with your friends. Guffaw until your face hurts. Humor and laughter are fun gifts from the Lord. So, how are you enjoying these gifts?

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