Chuck Swindoll wrote an interesting piece in his book titled Finishing Touch. He touches on an important topic that I just love. He asks in this book, “How is your sense of humor? Are the times in which we live beginning to be reflected in your attitude, your face, your outlook? Solomon talks straight, friend. He (under the Holy Spirit’s direction) says three things will occur when we have lost our sense of humor: a broken spirit, a lack of inner healing, and dried-up-bones (Prov. 15:13, 15; 17:22). What a barren portrait!
Have you begun to shrivel into a bitter, impatient, critical Christian? The Lord tells us that the solution is simple: “A joyful heart” is what we need…and if we ever needed it, it is now.
By a sense of humor I am not referring to distasteful or vulgar jesting, nor to foolish and silly talk that is ill-timed, offensive, and tactless. I mean that necessary ingredient of wit: those humorous, enjoyable, and delightful expressions or thoughts that lift our spirits and lighten our day. When we lose our ability to laugh–I mean really laugh–life’s oppressive assaults confine us to the dark dungeon of defeat.
Humor is not a sin. It is a God-given escape hatch, a safety valve. Being able to see the lighter side of life is rare, vital virtue. Personally, I think a healthy sense of humor is determined by at least four abilities:
The ability to laugh at our own mistakes. The ability to accept justified criticism–and get over it! The ability to interject (or at least enjoy) wholesome humor when surrounded by a tense heated situation. The ability to control those statements that would be unfit–even though they may be funny.
James M. Gray and William Houghton were two great, godly men of the Word. Dr. Houghton writes of an occasion when he and Dr. Gray were praying together. Dr. Grey, though getting up in years, was still interested in being an effective witness and expositor. He concluded his prayer by saying: “And, Lord, keep me cheerful. Keep me from becoming a cranky, old man!”
You and I should pray the same prayer.”
Quote of the day: Fred Allen
“It is bad to suppress your laughter because when you do, it goes back down and spreads to your hips.”
Bible verse of the day: Proverbs 15:13
“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray that You continue to teach me how to laugh!! I want to enjoy life in every way possible and do so in a way that honors You. Father, joy and laughter is something that is dear to my heart and at times, I may tend to lose sight of that funny side of me. Father, I don’t want to be cranky the older I get. Instead, I want to embrace all the moments of life that have made me smile and laugh and share them with others. I pray for wisdom in knowing when to be funny and when not to be. I don’t want the portrait of my life to be portrayed as a life that was a broken spirit to all that I came across. Instead may I be remembered as one that always laughed and enjoyed the life that You have blessed me with! I thank You for this day!
In Jesus Name I pray,