Laughter: Midweek Devotion for July 29, 2020

This pandemic has had its serious side, but as our August newsletter shows, it also has its lighter more humorous side. And Lord knows we could use a laugh from time to time. 

Today’s devotion is a friendly reminder that laughter is a gift from God and like all gifts, we should use it to care for ourselves and those around us. So with that in mind, here is an excerpt from a children’s devotional book entitled, “Great Is Our God,” by Louie Giglio.

A happy heart is like good medicine. — Proverbs 17:22 ICB

Whether you giggle, tee-hee, or guffaw, laughter is one language that everybody speaks. You don’t have to learn to laugh either. It’s a skill you’re born with. Babies start to laugh when they’re only about three months old — long before they learn to say mama or dada.

Real laughter is one of those things that just happens. Something seems funny, and before you can even think That’s funny, your brain has you laughing. But you can’t make yourself really laugh. (Go ahead, give it a try.) Laughter is also contagious. If you hear someone laughing, chances are, you’ll soon be laughing too. Some people even claim laughter can heal you — like medicine. Scientists aren’t sure about that, but we do know that laughter is fun, helps you make friends, and makes you feel good inside.

Laughter is a gift from God.

It heals our heart and gives us joy. God even tells us there is a time to laugh (Ecclesiastes 3:4). But there’s a huge difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone. Don’t use laughter like a weapon to hurt others or to tear them down. Always try to treat others the way you want them to treat you (Luke 6:31) — and nobody likes to be laughed at!

Laughter is a gift, and it’s meant to be shared. A funny story and a good laugh might be just the medicine a friend needs during a tough day. Remember, words and actions — yes, even laughter — should always be loving and kind… and that’s nothing to joke about!

Lord, thank You for the gift of laughter. Help me to use it in a way that makes You smile and brings the joy You’ve given me to others.

(an excerpt from Louie Giglio’s book, How Great Is Our God, copyrighted Louie Giglio.)

Here is a youtube link to a fun, upbeat song entitled, “The Trees of the Field.”