Proverbs 17:22: “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Every day I see a lot of people with dry bones.
Part of being a pastor is dealing with huge volumes of people on a daily basis. As such, it stands to reason that I would make a number of observations about life based on these interactions. A prime example is my observation that there are a lot of people who don’t spend enough time laughing. Whether they are going through situations where laughter seems a distant memory, or they simply prefer to be sour, or somewhere in between, too many people have absolutely no joy in their life.
Now when I talk about laughter, I don’t mean we should go around cackling like the Joker, but I do mean that we all need a good laugh-out-loud session now and then. The author of Proverbs said that a merry heart is like medicine that heals and restores. The prophet Nehemiah says that “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (8:10). Sometimes we just need a good laugh.
One of the perks of having small children is being able to watch cartoons without guilt. I love Spongebob Squarepants, and the whole cast of characters. I love The Penguins of Madagascar, and, of course, the classic Looney Tunes cartoons with Bugs Bunny and the gang. Why? They make me laugh. I love goofing off with my family. Why? They make me laugh. I just discovered “The Office” last night on tv, and I laughed because I am more like Michael than I would like to admit. Laughing is good.
I see enough hardship and difficulty in others’ lives to make me really appreciate a good laugh. Take advantage of the opportunities you have to enjoy life and laugh it up. There are a lot of people who are having trouble remembering how.