Have you taken time to laugh lately?
I don’t watch much television; I have enough drama in my life! But when I do watch TV, it’s either because I want to learn something or I want to laugh.
I read a lot, as you might imagine, and from time to time, I like to read something that will make me laugh. (There are certain volumes that make me chortle quite heartily, and I’m not allowed to read those in bed!)
I spend a lot of time with people whose stories are almost always sad, so I do my best to make time to spend with people who make me laugh. I did this just last week, spending a bit of time with a friend whom I don’t see all that often, but when I do, his stories invariably have me laughing almost to the point of tears.
As we encounter news stories, most of them are saddening, disheartening or plain old frightening. It can be depressing to engage in world affairs! But laughter is good for us physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
The Bible says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17.22, NLT).
After all, just because we are disciples of Jesus doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Take time to laugh today. You won’t regret it.