Proverbs 17:22 – “Laughter does good like a medicine”
A man was driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the bunny, but unfortunately it hopped in front of his car and was hit. The basket of eggs went flying all over, the candy too. The driver, the sensitive man that he was, as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road, and got out to see what happened. To his dismay, the colorful Easter Bunny was…dead. A woman driving by saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She saw the bunny and said, “Don’t worry”, and went quickly to her car, went into her purse, and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the bunny and emptied the entire can on him. Miraculously, the Easter Bunny came back to life. He sprang up, grabbed his basket, eggs and candy, waved goodbye and continued on his journey. The man was astonished. He asked the woman, “What on earth was in that spray can?” She smiled and showed him the label, which said, “Hair Spray, restores life to dead hair and adds permanent wave!”
I’ve been laughing all week at that joke. I really love a good clean joke and a great laugh. Proverbs 17:22 says laughter is like medicine. I love laughter, because God loves laughter. Peter said, “I want you to love life and see good days” (1 Peter 3:10). Jesus said that He came so that we would have and enjoy life to the full, and overflowing (John 10:10, Amplified Bible).
Laughter does something to us, and laughter does something for us. Someone once said it’s like “inner jogging”. Think about it, when was the last time you had a good laugh. You know, where you have to hold your sides, laughing so hard it almost hurts!
One translation of Proverbs 17:22 says that laughter gives healing to your body and soul. Wow! Psalm 126:2 says, “Then was our mouth filled with laughter”. Job 8:21 says, “He shall yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting”.
Listen to these church bloopers, they made me laugh out loud…
· “Our next song is ‘Angels We Have Heard Get High’”
· “Don’t let worry kill you – let the church help”
· “Weight Watchers will meet at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church, please use the large double doors at the side entrance”
· “The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzar, the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Balzar”.
· “A song fest was hell this past week at the Methodist Church.”
· “This coming Friday – Potluck Supper, prayer and medication to follow”
· “Pastor is on vacation, massages can be given to the church secretary”
I definitely could add a few of my own bloopers to this list!
You may be going through a tough time right now, and I don’t mean to diminish that, but Luke 6:21 says, “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh”. God has given us the gift of laughter because He knew we would need it. All of us need to take laughter like a medicine…THREE TIMES DAILY, OR AS NEEDED! It tastes better than pills, it works well, and it costs less. Did you ever wonder why children are so resilient? There are many reasons, and laughter is prominent among them. Only a few months after birth, the laughter has already begun. By the time babies are four months old, they are already laughing once every hour. And by age four, they laugh on average every four minutes! Try laughing every four minutes. I guarantee that something positive will happen to your emotions. Enjoy!