Go ahead. Laugh out loud! These days, we probably text LOL more often than we actually do what it says. Think about it. Especially if you have children or grandchildren in your family or neighborhood, that in itself should create the stage for a lot of laughter (another LOL). What about playing peekaboo with your baby or watching your toddler try to do something all by himself? When was the last time you played dress-up or had a tea party with the little girls, or pretended to be superheroes or play in the dirt with the boys?
I like to imagine Jesus with His twelve disciple buddies laughing, joking, and kicking up dirt like little boys as they walked the dusty roads, or skipping rocks across the smooth surface of the Sea of Galilee. Our creator God created LOL.
We’ve all heard Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Like a shot in the arm, injecting laughter into your day will make you feel better. It’s good for what ails you! Have you ever thought about what Sarah said in Genesis 21:6? “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Ask God to increase your joy in all the little everyday moments. Tell that hilarious story and enjoy a good belly-laugh with family and friends. Often the best stories are those we tell on ourselves!
Perhaps there’s been a little too much sadness in your home lately. Does the atmosphere in your home seem stale, dry, and even a little moldy? Adjust the temperature. Insert fun and laugh out loud. You can make your home a happy place. Be intentional and schedule fun activities with your family. We schedule everything else.
Perhaps you’re taking yourself way too seriously. Chances are no one else does. You’re overdue for a literal resounding LOL! Take a break from the routine rut in small and big ways. Enjoy some silliness and giggles. Freckle your day with smiles and laughter.
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy” (Psalm 126:2).