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Reader’s Digest tells us that laughter is the best medicine. Some health studies even show that laughter can have healing power. And the Bible even tells us that laughter and joy can honor 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 NIV).
God is honored when we can laugh with genuine joy, when we can look at ourselves and see the humor in our own mistakes and struggles. And when I look in the mirror, I realize the Lord must have a sense of humor. And I must admit, I enjoy laughing at myself. I know that I make mistakes, but I also know that some of them are just plain funny, at least when I look back on them.
This would probably be a good place to talk about my efforts at plumbing. I am one of the few people I know that has almost killed himself installing a shower. And I mean it, when that faucet blew off that pipe it almost took my head off. And yes, it is a much longer story than I have time for here. Then there are my efforts at car repair, are you supposed to have a lot of parts left over after you rebuild an engine?
While laughter can be great medicine, it can also be destructive. Laughing at someone’s embarrassment, or subjecting someone to cruel ridicule is hurtful and demeaning. Sadly much of what passes for humor these days does not honor God. Just watch one of the current crop of sit-coms and ask yourself if those sexual innuendos or crude remarks really deserve a laugh.
The Bible also warns us, “Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 7:6 NIV).
Sadly I think the laughter that honors God is slowly disappearing. Rather than being lifted up and refreshed as we laugh, we are being torn down.
Think about the movies you see, the shows you watch, the comedians you listen to. Is their humor bringing a smile to God’s face? Does it lift people up or tear people down? Do you think it honors God?
My prayer is that we remember how to laugh in innocence. That by God’s grace we might laugh often and deeply and know that our laughter brings a smile to his face.