We Seriously Need to Laugh a Lot more!
“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Proverbs 15:13
"All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15
“A merry heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
A great sense of humor not only makes you more fun to be around but it is vital to your good mental and emotional health and your overall sense of wellbeing. As Christians we are naturally prone to be sensitive to the struggles and needs of the world around us. And if we are not diligent to maintain a healthy perspective on life we can easily be drawn down into a sense of burden and constant tug a war within our selves. Our concern for others, our recognition that things in the world are not as they should be, that we are not as we should be, and feeling that if we alone could only convince enough people to look to Jesus for hope and help, then things would be so much better.
Of course they would, but that is not what God wants us to be burdened by or to be centered on most of our days. Better that we should adopt a childlike attitude of play. That is, better that we recognize our adult responsibilities and give attention to them, but not at the expense of our need for a merry heart, for laughter and fun. Now there are some who play too much and idle away their time into poverty, but most of us seeking to do the work of ministry become easy prey to the workaholic syndrome.
What makes you happy? Then do it.
What makes you laugh? Think about that.
What makes your heart feel light and brings a smile to your face? Make that happen.
How often do we deliberately plan joy and laughter into our schedules? I know that sounds somewhat oxymoronic, to plan laughter, “Note to self: At 10:15 laugh!” but when our days are filled things that require focused concentration or intense deliberation while at the same time juggling a series of other unrelated things we can forget to relax and let some humor take away the stresses.
I know most of us think of laughter and humor as only what happens spontaneously. It’s the unexpected nature of funny things that in many cases makes them funny. But did you ever consider that the Scriptures tells us, yes, commands us to rejoice? Angles and prophets have told us, [Psalm 33:1; Psalm 68:3-4; Psalm 97:1 and 12; Psalm 98:4; Isaiah 65:18; Zechariah 9:9; Luke 6:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:16) and the Apostle Paul emphasized the importance of rejoicing when He said,
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4
Seeking the Lord also brings rejoicing.
“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoicethat seek the Lord.” Psalm 105:3
There is no greater joy or sense of wellbeing and confidence in the joy of the Lord than when He is revealing Himself to us as we seek Him in His Word. There is nothing like it. It is empowering and affirming as well as pleasant to the heart.
Even God laughs.
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.” Psalm 2:4
“The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.” Psalm 37:13
“But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.” Psalm 59:8
Ok. So here are some totally non-biblical perspectives. You will not find these in the Bible, but they are good for a laugh. Did you know, laughter is especially good for cleansing the blood and increasing oxygen flow to the brain and the whole body?
Jesus Was What?
It's natural for us to think of Jesus as being like us. And there are compelling reasons for us to do so. Here are some good ones:
Jesus was Italian:
He had wine with His meals.
He used olive oil.
He talked with His hands.
Jesus was Black:
He liked Gospel.
He called everyone brother.
He couldn't get a fair trial.
Jesus was Jewish:
He lived at home until he was 33 years old.
He went into His father's business.
He was sure His mother was a virgin and His mother was sure He was God.
Jesus was Irish:
He was always telling stories.
He loved green pastures.
He never got married.
Jesus was a Californian:
He walked around bare footed.
He never cut His hair.
He started a new religion.
Jesus was a woman:
He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of guys who just didn't get it.
He fed a crowd at a moment's notice when there was no food.
Even after He died, He had to get up because there was work to do.
Here are a few more to try on the kids or adults you know who really need to lighten up. HA!
Short in Stature
Who is the shortest man in the Bible?
ANS: Knee High Myah.
Or maybe it was Bildad the Shoe-height.
What is the Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn?
ANS: Low in the Gravy Lay Jesus My Savior.
What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? ANS: Ruthless.
Who was the best comedian in the Bible?
ANS: Samson. He brought the house down.
Which Bible character had no parents?
ANS: Joshua. He was the son of Nun.
In Germany, what do they call their pastors?
ANS: German Shepherds.
Who was the greatest male financier in the Bible?
ANS: Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation
Which area of Palestine was the wealthiest?
ANS: Next to the Jordan. The banks were always overflowing.
Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
ANS: Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
Which man in the Bible was the most flagrant lawbreaker?
ANS: Moses. He broke all Ten Commandments at once.
Why couldn't they play cards on the Ark?
ANS: Because Noah was standing on the deck.
Why Did We Move?
What reason did Adam give his children when they asked why he no longer lived in Eden?
ANS: Your mother ate us out of house and home.
What baby sitter is mentioned in the Bible?
ANS: David. He rocked Goliath to a deep sleep.
Cars in the Bible
God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury.
A Honda. The apostles were all in one Accord.
David's Triumph was heard throughout the land.
God is Like a TV Commercial (These are a little dated)
Then there's the Sunday School teacher who had her 5th grade class watch commercials to see if they could use them to come up with ways to communicate truths about God. Here's what they said:
God is like.
Allstate: You're in good hands.
Alka-Seltzer: Try him, you'll like Him
Tide: He gets the stains out that others leave behind.
A Ford: He's got a better idea.
Hallmark Cards: He cared enough to send the very best.
Bayer Asprin: He works miracles.
Delta: He's ready when you are.
Alberto Vo-5: He holds through all kinds of weather.
Coke: He's the real thing.
The US Post Office: Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail will keep Him from His appointed rounds.
Scotch Tape: You can't see Him, but you know He's there.
Dial Soap: Aren't you glad you've got Him? Don't you wish everybody did?
General Electric: He brings good things to life.