Laughter to the Glory of God

2 Sep

Girl LaughingI (Dawn) heard it all the way across Walmart, the infectious giggles of a small child. I couldn’t help but chuckle myself. There’s nothing like the laughter of children.

I once watched a video of an infant laughing and laughing and laughing. I was tired and stressed, so I watched it several times and ended up laughing so hard that my stomach muscles tightened and cramped. “Man, I needed that,” I said.

Laughter does indeed serve as good medicine for the soul (Proverbs 17:22), and there are no side effects. God planned for this powerful release. Why do we so seldom use it?

We’ve all heard the verses. The wise writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is … a time to laugh, and a time to weep” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Paul made it a principle for Christian community ~ We are to rejoice and weep with our brothers and sisters in Christ (Romans 12:15). Why is it that some people are quicker to enter into the sorrows and struggles of the Family of God, but so reticent to laugh and party with the saints. There is room for both in the plan of God.

What makes you laugh ~ good “medicine” for your soul?


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