The Gift of Laughter

Laughter – It’s a Gift from God – Use it!

Laughter.  When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably?  I was blessed to have this happen twice in two days!  

“Honey, do you want me to do that for you?” I asked my husband.  You see he was driving and fiddling with his cell phone and well, we all know that’s a no-no. 

“No, I got it,” he said, “Check this out, it’s magic.”

 And then he said, in a commanding and slightly louder than normal voice,  “Call Mom!” 

Then in a slighter softer voice, he said, “No. No.”  Loud again, “Call Mom!”

 And again. “Call Mom!”  “No. No.”  “MOM! Call MOM!” Yeah, this was magic all right!

 I did my best to suppress the loud, rolling laughter building in my belly.  I held it in so long, I almost couldn’t breathe.  And then I let loose.  Hahahahaha!!!  Hohohohoho!!!  Tears rolling down my cheek!  Catch my breath – get it under control!  Nope.  Gone again.  Hahahahahaha!!!  Hohohohoho!!!

 Even my husband began to laugh.  When I got it together, he handed the phone to me and said, “Could you dial my Mom’s number?”  And muttered something about how the magic worked great yesterday.

 We’ve all heard it.  We’ve all read about it – laughter is good for us.  It is good for our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.  So why is it so hard to let loose and just have a belly aching laugh? 

 Maybe it’s because life is hard sometimes – sometimes a lot of times.  I understand.  I am with you on that.  And life is serious – think of all the important decisions we have to make from day to day.  But I think I may be making it harder than it has to be.  I am thinking that maybe I am taking life, and myself, too seriously. 

 Today I had another belly aching, laugh till you cry moment.  Now granted, both times there was someone else involved.  So, am I laughing at their expense?  I really think not.  Both my husband and my friend laughed right along with me.  We all realized the benefit of laughter – so really, I was probably doing them a favor, right?  And the truth is, that if I would only look at my own self and the things I do less seriously, well, I would have plenty of material to keep myself in stitches for days!  I can only imagine the laughter that goes on in heaven when God sees some of my silliness. 

 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2

The Lord has done great things for us ~ and one of them is giving us the gift of laughter.  So, don’t wait another day! Tear the wrapper, throw away the bow ~ open your present! Find something to laugh about today ~ even if it is at your own expense.  It’s a small price to pay for such great benefits.