A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine
When burdens get heavy and sadness sets in, it’s amazing how a good sense of humor and laughter can lighten your load.
Charles R. Swindoll has a bible teaching ministry called “Insight for Living” (http://www.insight.org/) and in one of his articles he talked about how laughter is such effective therapy. He said, “I’m grateful that God dispenses this divine medication so frequently.”
For instance, rules and statutes aren’t meant to be amusing, but sometimes they are. Here are a few examples:
· In Danville, PA, fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
· Oklahoma law requires that drivers involved in fatal accidents stop immediately and give their name and address to those that were struck.
· In Lakefield, Ontario, legislation permits birds to sing for 30 minutes during the day and 15 minutes at night.
“My plea is not that we read the comics, watch mindless sitcoms, or tell a lot of silly jokes to each other. That’s external, superficial and shallow. I’m suggesting that we become more
lighthearted, relishing life more as our confidence in the sovereign Lord grows. After all, He gave us humor to enjoy and genuine smiles when we take pleasure in His gift.
Let’s lighten up rather than surrender to intensity and worry. A truly cheerful face radiates from a relaxed, joyful heart.”
Rejoice in the Lord always:Again I will say, rejoice! (Phillppians 4:4)
Bill Witcher is co-founder of Computer School for Seniors