April 17, 2020 - Laughter

When I woke up this morning I realized how much I missed my moments of laughter with people I am accustomed to seeing. Even though you may be in isolation at home, find someone you may be able to call and have a conversation and find ways to laugh.  I have often heard that laughter is good for the soul. Some of you know that I love a real good laugh every now and then. I am talking about a laugh that puts wrinkles in your face, cramps in your stomach and tears in your eyes. I am talking about a real good laugh, not a chuckle. My objective every day is to have a real good laugh and I am hoping you will do the same. You know that there are some people who are so jovial and happy with life that just being in their presence causes you to get into the mood of laughter. Ask yourself this morning, "When was the last time I had a real good laugh?" I mean a laugh that you pull up from the pit of your stomach, not one of those fake laughs that last for five seconds. In the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, the writer says, "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to weep and a time to laugh." Even in our most troubling and difficult seasons, there is something to laugh about and someone special you would love to share that laugh with. Sometimes the best laugh is one done extemporaneously without effort. I believe laughing with people is an art, not a comedic act, but one that God has given the gift of tickling someone else's spirit. Laughing is also contagious. One psychologist said, "Laughter is one of the distinguishing features of human beings and may be the most contagious of all emotional experiences." Has your heart ever overflowed with so much joy you couldn't keep from laughing? If you are in the company of others, you do not have to know why they are laughing, but you just start laughing with them. One thing I love about my family gatherings, there is going to always be a whole lot of laughter going on.          

"A joyful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." (Proverbs 17:22) I believe that a cheerful heart dictates your posture, your attitude and your future outlook. It may also determine the mood your household will be in today. Wake up with some joy and energy directed to laughing.      

Does God laugh? God's enemies may plot against his people, "the wicked plot against the godly, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming." (Psalm 37:12-13) God laughs at those who set themselves against his anointed. (Psalm 59:8) And when he laughs, he does so for our sake, to communicate to us. He laughs to give off signals—signals that are horrible to his enemies and wonderful to his friends. (David Mathis)

In our state of affairs with covid-19, there is word from the Lord regarding laughter. If you really want to see God laugh or evidence of God laughing, read Psalm 2. God laughs, not at the nations, but at their confused thoughts about power. God knows the limited strength of his children and the boundaries of power of nations. Every leader and nation is limited, but God is omnipotent. If today we have to choose between confidence in God and confidence in a nation's leader, we better choose God! As we watch our leaders pontificate, convey false impressions, irritate, etc., we must put our faith and confidence in our God.  

Many world leaders boast about their power, rant and rave against God and his people and promise to take over and create their own empires. But God laughs because any power they have come from Him and God can take it away from them.

Most people wish they could have happy times only, in which they never experience stress, hardship or sorrow. However, we know that expectation is unrealistic, so thank God for the happy times. Know that you will always experience times of sorrow, but remember that you won'      

My brothers and sisters in Christ, please find something to rejoice about today. I just love hearing my wife laugh on the telephone with her girlfriends. It reveals to me that our home is a happy home. Laugh! Laugh! Laugh!

Not a sermon, just a thought!

Robert E. Slade, Pastor