Spread Laughter

July 3, 2012

Friends,
It is absolutely wonderful and fun to laugh, not to mention therapeutic. If people would find something to laugh about in each situation, we would not have a nation continuously popping anti-depressants.

How do we find laughter in situations? We practice it. We train our thoughts to be positive and thankful no matter what (Phil. 4:4-8), for God’s Word does indeed command us, “Be joyful always.” (1 Thes. 5:16) It also informs us that God’s will for us is “to give thanks in all circumstances.” (v. 18) Even if something bad happens, we all know that it could be worse, so, we can be grateful that it wasn’t any worse. It is with such thoughts, that we enable ourselves to start thanking God for all that didn’t happen, as well as all that He is going to do to turn the situation around for good.

Even if we or a loved one is facing death, or divorce, or the loss of a home or job, as awful as these things are, we can, by the Spirit’s help, find good in even these. For even through our tears, we can grab ahold of God’s promises, we can crawl into His loving embrace, and in remembering all the good times of the past, we can rejoice in those and hear God’s voice of comfort say that He will bring more good things to us soon. And if we hear God’s voice and feel His Presence, there is no way that our soul is not lifted up with hope. And from hope, springs strength and joy, and we can therein find things to laugh about.

But, if we’re not in dire straights right now, we certainly should find it easy to laugh. Even if we weep often –over the sins of others, the wickedness and cruelty in the world, and the refusal of people to turn and be saved, there is much else to laugh about. And the one who has been training his thoughts to be positive and pure, will find this is true.

Last week one of my best friends and I went blueberry picking again –to my favorite patch this time. We left before dawn, got there in good time, and picked and ate off the bush (which is allowed), and chatted happily. I was trying to pick quickly before it got too hot in order to fill four baskets –so as to give to friends and family– and our eyes were up most of the time. (The bushes in Texas are twice my height, not little bushes on the ground like in some states.) Suddenly, down I went, and my leg went all the way into a deep hole! I scrambled up, laughing and laughing. I’m not sure why it struck me as so funny, but I told my friend that I couldn’t believe I didn’t see such a large hole (–must’ve been a fox’s hole) right beneath me! Of course there was tall grass over most of it, but still… I remarked about how many people are mindlessly looking to only what they want, and so in not being alert to dangers, they fall into a pit –a pit of some kind of trouble. –Even disaster or Hell. That part wasn’t funny to think about, but it gave food for thought, at least.

Anyway, I thanked the Lord that I wasn’t hurt, that a critter hadn’t bit my foot, and that I didn’t break a leg. And we talked about how we must so often be close to danger, while the Lord, surrounding us with His care and deliverance, lets us go on our merry way without us having even realized how close to injury, ruin, or death we came.

In thinking about such a wonderful, caring God, we should never tolerate in ourselves a spirit of gloom or heaviness. If we need to cry or grieve, it should nevertheless be done with a grateful heart for all that is still good in our lives. This is something we need to remind each other of, for it seems that people think it’s okay to share and spread their depressive spirit amongst others. This is sin –gross and evil sin. It comes from a grumbling spirit, and such partakers are no better than the Israelites who couldn’t find the good in their desert circumstance. Did God say to them, “Oh, poor things”, or did He kill them for their complaining hearts and lips? He did the latter. (1 Cor. 10:10)

What then should the rest of us learn from that? We should learn that it is very important to be grateful and cheerful and positive. And that we should best then take up training in how to continually be so.

It starts with looking for things to laugh about.

Here’s one thing to maybe jumpstart us for today. (See photo below). This is our stud horse who was born here at our ranch, who I raised and trained, and who produced for us several gorgeous foals. We don’t have horses anymore, but he sure brought joy to us for several reasons –and much laughter as well. Here he is “laughing”. –So funny!

Therefore, because “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Prov. 17:22), and because “The cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Prov. 15:15), then may we all share and spread laughter and cheer. For if even “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart” (Prov. 15:30), how much more can a joyful spirit do good to those who are influenced by it.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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