Proverbs 17:22 – “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
Friday night, our youth group put on a dinner show – HeeHaw. It was so much fun. All the kids dressed up in a variety of costumes. Even some of the adults got in on the action. I was Minnie Pearl. Man, was it fun!
There was really nothing spiritual behind it, no real message, except this – Christians can have fun. I think that sometimes, we allow the world to mold our view of what we are supposed to be. This happens in our appearance, our attitude and even our actions. The world thinks that followers of Christ are supposed to be boring and stiff-necked. Well, let me tell you – Friday night in our fellowship hall was anything but boring and stiff-necked. We were laughing, cracking jokes and generally acting the fool.
God gave us the gift of laughter. He gave us the desire to laugh once in a while. He made our faces to have muscles that will bring our face into a smile. He gave us the ability to laugh at ourself. He gives us the opportunity to enjoy life. We can read about Jesus’s life in the New Testament. And even John records that this wasn’t the entire story. I believe that there were times when Jesus laughed and enjoyed Himself. He had to! Look at the crew He was around.
My point is this, don’t be a sour puss. Don’t think that being holy is looking like you are a lemon. Righteousness does not require you to be so stuck up that you can’t have a good belly laugh every once in a while. Being a follower of Christ means that you trust Him with it all. And in that trust comes a peace that passes all understanding. And in that peace is joy. And in that joy is laughter. So this week, laugh a little. Enjoy life. Let your heart be merry. Find something to laugh at each and every day. I saw a sign one time that said “He who can laugh at himself will never cease to be amused!” So very true.