Can you remember the last time you had a really good laugh? I mean that uncontrolled, shaking all over kind that leaves your eyes red and ribs hurting. Norman Cousins was an influential writer who contracted an unexplained, crippling disease.
While hospitalized, doctors told him to get his affairs into order. Cousins checked out of the hospital and into a motel with a plan that would cause healers everywhere to roll their eyes.
He read funny books, watched comedy, and discovered that laughing caused his pain to drop. He began to feel better the more he laughed. Cousins actually laughed his way back to health. Mark Twain said, “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” The Bible teaches about the medicinal value of a laugh.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Drink all the milk you like, but your bones will still dry up if you have a bitter, broken spirit. King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes that there is “A time to laugh.”
Obviously, there are times when mirth is not appropriate. Spiritual Christians are sensitive to those around them who are having difficult times. On the other hand, enjoy every wholesome laughing opportunity.
Learn to laugh at yourself. On this past Sunday morning, this author mentioned from the pulpit about something being in “The book of Turkey.” Not sure if that is in the Old or New Testament! The congregation at Heritage may never let their pastor forget that blunder.
Christians are sometimes portrayed as dour characters with an aversion to anything happy, but that is simply not what God intended. God created laughter and gave people the ability to do so. Lord Byron said, “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”
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