Laughter is good medicine

Add a speed element to your next UNO game. It makes a big difference! Add in one or two people who do not fully understand the game, a few who are competitive, and people who will comment one way or the other. We had so much fun this evening!

One of my friends is older, and her mom has many health issues right now. She said this was the best thing that could have happened for her week. It reminded me that Laughter is Good Medicine. And it’s not just a trite quote board saying! Proverbs 17:22 says,

“22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Joyful, cheerful, merry – it is an attitude that I admire, and have a hard time holding through my days.

Philippians 4:4-7 was Paul’s exhortation to the believers:

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Rejoice? With this economy, these politics, my job, our world problems? Yes. Not because we are super-people, and not because we want to suspend reality. Jesus stepped into a world of very real problems (Israel under Rome) and lived life as an average person. He did not sleep in the temple and only breathe holy air. He did not stay in the desert or only associate with the established religious leaders. He got upset. He cried. He was hungry and thirsty and tired, but He had a deeper strength that kept Him going through His relationship with God. And He offers to help us.

Life is full of tears and laughter, often at the same time. And it is not naive to have a positive outlook on life. Rejoice always, laugh often, and look forward to a better world – that is an outlook based in a long-term reality!

God, thank You for laughter, and friends. Life is hard, and there are so many struggles and changes that happen around us. They can beat you down. Thank You for people to enjoy life with, and appreciate all that You provide. Please help me to put my hope and trust in You. Amen.

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