June 30, 2009

Humor Helps

Written by Boyd Bailey

Humor Helps… “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” Proverbs 17:22 The Message

Humor is like a shock absorber for your soul. ‘A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble on the road.’ Humor is heaven’s helpmate to get you through difficulties. It’s healthful to be cheerful. Therefore, chose a belly laugh over high blood pressure, a smile over a stroke and a grin over grouchiness. How is your humor quotient? Do you laugh a lot or a little? Make humor a habit of your holiness.

Go ahead and smile, you’ll feel better. Laughter longs to be let loose, like a closely confined kite waffling in the wind ready to take off. It’s exhilarating to experience its liberation. Humor releases relationships to remember why they liked each other in the first place, and to reflect on their gratitude to God. “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them” (Psalm 126:2).

However, a frown is fatiguing. It is wearisome to worry under the weight of responsibilities that are not yours. Humor is not irresponsible, but it does prepare you to willow out what’s important from what’s urgent. Another’s cares are not your crisis, so help them laugh out loud. They might take themselves less seriously and God more. A smile says I care. I think the best of you. “A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day” (Proverbs 15:13, TM).

Lastly don’t joke about Jesus, but be jovial as His ambassador. Joy attracts new and old Jesus followers. They see Christ in your cheerful countenance. Humor is heaven’s tool for evangelism and discipleship. It is a safe and beautiful bridge from unbelief to belief. Do I attract people with my fun-loving faith, or are they repelled by my grumbling and negative attitudes? Humor harnesses your Master’s might, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b NASB).

Related Readings: Job 8:21; Ecclesiastes 9:7-9; Luke 15:24; John 16:33

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