Laugh a Little, Smile a Lot

A kindergarten teacher was walking around observing the students in her class draw pictures. As she approached one girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without looking up for her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

We tend to take ourselves quite seriously, don’t we? Life can be tough at times, and there are certainly some instances where we must act professionally. There is nothing wrong with being introspective, pensive, or intensely focused on a specific task. But let us remember to laugh as well. The writer of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a time for everything, including a time to weep and a time to laugh.

A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before he dismissed them to go to church, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” Annie replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

Evidently laughter is good for the heart. I recently read about a study that found laughter to be linked to the healthy function of blood vessels. That’s good news, since Solomon tells us that “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).

When we laugh, we smile. Another study (this one from Penn State University) confirmed that when we smile, we actually appear more likeable, courteous, and competent. Additionally, our smiles cause others to smile too. Here at church shouldn’t we be happy to be in attendance? What a rewarding activity it is to worship God with our brothers and sisters!

After starting a new diet, I changed my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery. I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning, and as I approached, there in the window were a host of delicious treats. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed, “Lord, it’s up to you. If you want me to eat any of these treats, create a parking space for me directly in front of the bakery.” And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was! God is so good!

In His Name,

Matt

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