Posted in Faith

Laughter in Church – Inviting and Open


Business people-showing teamwork

By Dan Polecheck

God is the author of Joy. God is okay with your laughter. He created laughter.

Did you know that you can even laugh in church? People should be breaking down the doors of your church to find out what all the fun and laughter and joy and celebration is all about. Laughter really is the best medicine for host of ailments.

If you were hearing the Good News for the first time, who would you more likely listen to about their relationship with Jesus Christ? Would you listen closer to the individual who is laughing, smiling and really enjoying his life or a monotoned, stern-looking, long-faced person hat looks like they hate their life. I personally have used humor as a witnessing tool. The business of salvation is a very serious matter, but that doesn’t mean that you can smile during it.

A blurb in USA Today several years ago reported that children laugh an average of 400 times a day while adults laugh 15 times a day. I find it hard to believe those numbers. I don’t think that adults laugh that much.

So I ask myself, Why do children laugh so much? I think it’s because no one has told them not to. They laugh because they haven’t yet learned to doubt everything they hear and see. The world still amazes them. Watch a child long enough and you’ll see him or her giggle over a ladybug and clap their hands with glee when the dog licks their nose. My Grandma used to tell me that angels fly because they take themselves lightly and God seriously. Today our problem seems to be the opposite. We take ourselves way too seriously. We take ourselves so seriously that we don’t have time to laugh at anything. Laughter is for kids. Right? No it is not. We get so wrapped up in our own affairs that we forget that God is God and we’re not. Children have no problem taking God seriously, which is why Jesus said you need the faith of a child to enter the kingdom of heaven.

I should also mention that laughter is good for the body as well as the soul. The medical field says that laughter plays a role in promoting good health. Laughter helps produce NK cells, which fight infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis. Laughter also suppresses the release of cortisol, a hormone that weakens the immune system. Laughter raises the body’s pain threshold and acts as a muscle relaxer. It also increases circulatory capacity and strengthens organs, helping the body to become more resistant to infection while boosting energy levels.

The International Journal of Medical Sciences states:
“Laughter is an innate capability that not only helps humankind express emotion, but has also shown promise as a promotive, preventive and therapeutic measure to a wide array of medical ailments.”

There were numerous pages of medical gooblygook (That’s a medical term for taking twenty-two words to describe what a child can explain in five words) that explain how laughter plays a role in promoting good health. Laughter helps fight infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis. Laughter also suppresses the release of cortisol, a hormone that weakens the immune system. Laughter raises the body’s pain threshold and acts as a muscle relaxer. It also increases circulatory capacity and strengthens organs, helping the body to become more resistant to infection while boosting energy levels.

The article that I read recently had a headline that said, “If you want to live longer, die laughing.” That’s nice, but Solomon said it better in Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

As long as we believe that everything depends on us, we don’t have time to relax, much less to laugh. But if we believe in the grace of God, we can take time to chuckle because we know that the future rests in His good hands. Once again the Bible is proved true. A merry heart doeth good like medicine, a little child shall lead them, and having been saved by grace, we will enter heaven laughing with eternal joy.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.