"A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones."
The holidays are upon us! What better way to bring this Biblical verse to fruition.
Yes! There is humor in the Bible. I believe God wants to make people laugh to keep the soul healthy. I am amazed when he speaks through me how he adds little thoughts or illustrations that are humorous.
God wants us to laugh, and he wants us to make others' laugh. That does not mean we should become a jester and laugh at inappropriate situations, but we can certainly add more lightheartedness into our lives. In fact, we would all be much better off if we would learn to laugh at ourselves at times instead of taking ourselves so seriously.
I work in education- special education at that. There are times situations can get a bit touchy dealing with liability mistakes. No matter how dire the situation, I always try to enter conferences lighthearted, drawing attention to the common mistakes of human error. I hear people in these situation downgrade themselves for mistakes they made. I believe that grieves God. If we know our value in Christ we should never say things about ourselves that devalue what God has created.
I try to make great effort to get in the habit of helping people see that mistakes are inevitable. I chose laughter than getting upset. You need to give people permission to not be perfect! You need to allow yourself the ability to make mistakes and realize it is OK. I enjoy being with people who do not pressure me to be perfect or expect others to. God loves us unconditionally, and that means he accepts us the way we are and then helps us to be all we can be. Helping people laugh at themselves is a way of saying, "I accept you, faults and all."
Remember to take every opportunity to laugh- especially at yourself- because it will improve your health and well-being.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "to laugh and bring humor to others."
Help me to meditate each day: "Allow the simple mistakes to wash over me like rain."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.