It was our first date. I’d wanted to go out with him for weeks and he’d finally asked me to watch him play in Friday night’s basketball game and wait to go out after.
The evening arrived and I was excited and nervous.
The fact that Rev didn’t have a great game didn’t help my nerves . . . he fouled out in the middle of the fourth quarter and the team lost.
I didn’t know him well enough to know how he’d react. Would he be in a rotten mood? Would he have a hard time shaking it off? As I sat on the bleachers my butterflies grew in intensity.
Then I saw him walking across the gym floor with a big smile on his face. His first words were…
“Come on Deb, let’s go get drunk!”
And I laughed hard because that was never going to happen on our small Christian college campus. Although we both knew it was absurd, Rev was showing me his love of laughter and his ability to move on from disappointing moments.
Laughter filled those first moments of our first date and we’ve been doing our best to find reasons to laugh ever since.
I am so thankful God blessed me with a man who loves to laugh and loves to make me laugh. He says he’s thankful that I’m willing to laugh at his ridiculousness.
Joy and laughter are gifts from God!
I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God.Psalm 9:1–2 (MSG)
I believe He loves it when we laugh with joy . . . look at shooting stars, rainbows, funny shaped plants, and quirky looking animals. I believe He loves it when we share laughter with each other. He knows it’s good for us.
Reasons to be Thankful for the Gift of Laughter
- Laughter releases endorphins. It feels great!
- Laughter helps us physically. It relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, lowers stress, and tightens abs.
- Laughter connects us to one another. It strengthens friendship, attracts us to each other, and enhances teamwork.
- Laughter makes a bad day better. Spend time with fun people. Those who encourage you and point you toward hope.
- Laughter is free! It costs absolutely nothing and adds so much!
The common message is that most little children laugh way more often than adults. I guess it makes sense . . . they have fewer responsibilities and typically fewer concerns.
But God tells us to trust Him one day at a time—to let go of the past and trust Him with the future.
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.Jeremiah 17:7
So, let’s pause today and simply thank God for the gift of laughter!
Father, Thank you for giving us the gift of laughter. Thank you for giving us funny animal antics and wiggly giggly children.
Thank you for the sound of laughter and for the way laughter soothes us. Thank you for being our source of joy and laughter even in moments of heartache. Please forgive us, forgive me, for the times we forget the countless reasons You give us to laugh with joy. Your Spirit generously gives us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22) You make life better.
Please give me everything I need to keep my heart and mind focused on You and all the joy-filled blessings You pour into my life. “Lord, [You are] my strength and shield. I trust [You] with all my heart. [You] help me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” (Psalm 28:7) I burst out with the sound of laughter.
Thank you, Lord, for being the source and reason for so much of my joy and laughter. Amen.
Pause today and look for God’s joy-filled blessings. Then laugh out loud! I believe it gives Him joy and I’m confident it will bless you and make you feel better.
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Psalm 126:2
May God be with you and bless you with countless reasons to laugh with joy today and every day.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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