A cheerful heart is good medicine… Proverbs 17:22
Can you see Jesus laughing? We often think of Him smiling and giggling with children, but can we see Him laughing with the guys, or at the dinner table with friends? We all love to laugh and especially laugh with each other. It has been said that laughter is the glue in relationships. True or not, not many people want to hang around with those who have no sense of humor. Some of the most difficult relationships are the ones with people who have no joy, whose countenance is infrequently up, who are just plain dour. This just does not sound like my Jesus.
Conversely, who doesn’t gravitate to someone who can make them laugh and brighten the day? It’s as though we can actually feel the truth of the Proverb happening in our heart…that “good medicine” making life a little friendlier, a little easier to cope with. Now, that sounds like my Jesus. I have no trouble seeing Him kidding around with His friends. I enjoy the idea of Him sharing a good laugh. He was a man of the people and people love to be with people who are light of heart, people who can find delight in the day to day.
Life is hard. God knew it would be. And so, among so many other gifts He has imparted for us so that we may endure, He also gave us laughter. Warren Wiersbe said, “The ability to laugh at the right time and for the right reason is a gift from God that will do you more good than a pile of pills and tons of therapy.” There is healing in humor. Even the medical community attests to that.
Laughter joins our hearts and gives increase to friendship. Maybe it really is “relationship glue” on some level. I cherish the moments of hilarity I have shared with the people I know and love. I feel well when I laugh with them. The memories of those times make me smile…or giggle…even when I am alone.
Next time you’re laughing with a friend or family member…or just by yourself, take a second in the recesses of your mind to thank our heavenly Father for sharing that part of His character with us. It comes right from His hand. It is a treasure! Humor was birthed in heaven. We were created in His image. We love to laugh because He loves to laugh. And one day, we are going to laugh with our Jesus. We will share in His delight; share the things that bring Him amusement and joy. What grand fun that will be!
Carol is on staff with the Partner Care team at America’s Keswick. She and her best friend, Mario, have been married for 35 years. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-law that they call their “BFFs”. They also have 7 precious gems called grandchildren. Her family has savored many memories of the heart made at Keswick over the last 35+ years and she is thrilled to now be serving on staff!