When is the last time you laughed?
I don’t mean a halfhearted chuckle. I mean a genuine, roll-on-the-floor type laugh where you feel like you can’t stop. The kind of laugh that makes you feel so good, and happy to be alive.
I have always been a serious person. Being the oldest girl in my family with three rambunctious little sisters, I always felt the need to be mature and not too silly. I mean, that is how older sisters are supposed to be, right?
When I met my husband, he definitely brought the laughter out of me with his quirky humor and general adorableness. But after a year or so of marriage, I once again found my laughter dwindling, and I was becoming such a serious adult who only talked and thought about serious subjects.
While I certainly know that there is a time and a place to be serious, Ecclesiastes also reminds us that there is a time to laugh!
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … a time to weep, and a time to laugh. | Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
It is healthy for our bodies and our spirits to laugh!
In today’s culture, there are a lot of things that can make us worried and steal our happiness:
- job loss
- loss of a loved one
- government issues
- financial difficulty
But we as Christians have every right to be the happiest people on the planet. Why? Because we have the Holy Spirit! We have eternal life in Christ!
Laughter is biblical. Psalm 126:2 says:
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
And Luke 6:21 says:
God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. | Luke 6:21
So whatever your personality is, today I give you permission to lighten up. And if you have a hard time shaking the perpetual serious mood, ask God, like I did, to give you a merry heart.
Amazing things happen when we open our hearts to the joy and laughter that God wants to give us.
Laughter is contagious! Let it out and people around you will be drawn to the light they see in you.