Growing in Faith
Laughter is so important! It’s the outward evidence of inward joy and it is proven to make you feel better. The joy of the Lord can ease any emotional and physical pain and bring you a new level of satisfaction in life. Nehemiah 8:10 says, "The joy of the Lord is your strength."
Laughter improves emotional and mental health, it lifts our spirits and it pushes out worry. It’s almost impossible to be anxious and laugh at the same time. This is why we would be wise to express joy in laughter every chance we get. God has given us the ability to laugh for a reason. It may seem like a little thing, but laughter is vitally important in the battle against stress, anxiety, fear and worry. It’s a tool from God that benefits you in so many ways.
We see in God’s Word that He gives us the gift of laughter:
‘And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.”’ (Genesis 21:6, ESV)
‘Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nation’s, "The Lord has done great things for them."’ (Psalm 126:2, ESV)
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouting." (Job 8:21, ESV)
"You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothes me with joy. (Psalm 30:11, ESV)
Laughter lifts our spirits, improves our mental, emotional and physical health and de-stresses our mind. And (here is the best part) . . . it costs nothing.
You and I have a proven, God-given weapon against stress that is free of charge and we can use it any time, day or night.
If I can be upfront and honest, I can't remember the last time I laughed—I mean really laughed—it's been a long time. If that sounds like you too, it’s probably causing much of the stress you (and I) are experiencing today. You will find that you feel better all over after a hearty laugh.
It's easy to get stuck in the mindset of, "I don't have anything to laugh about!" That's common especially when something serious or difficult is going on. We don’t laugh about our problems, but thankfully, we can laugh as we trust God to take care of them.
You feel clean and refreshed after a good laugh. If we are tired and weary from dealing with life’s issues, we may feel like our soul is a dusty closet—stale and in need of fresh air. But if you (and I) take the opportunity to have a really good laugh, it seems to “air your soul out,” refreshing you and lifting the load off your tired mind.
When you have a joyful heart and purposely make time to laugh, you will be amazed at how different you will begin to view your job, your family, your relationships, yourself and even your walk with God. You will become a person whose first response to stressful situations is faith not fear, joy not sorrow.
No matter what you are going through in life, remember the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10)). Challenge yourself to have a smile on your face no matter how intimidating the incident, how stressful the situation or how discouraging the dilemma!