In our attempt to rush through life, we rarely slow down long enough to ask ourselves why we do what we do. I don’t know about you but I love to laugh! In fact, did you know that we were made for laughter? Over the last couple of days I’ve been saying, “God, why do I laugh?” The reason I want to know the answer to this question is because people have been telling me my whole life that I laugh a lot. My mom tells me that even when I was a little kid, I laughed all the time. She also tells me that I was always doing things to make people laugh.
So I want to give you 4 reasons in why I laugh.
#1 It makes me feel good.
Research says that when we laugh our T cells are all ramped up and our endorphins really explode, and our entire muscular system relaxes. That’s the health benefits of laughter. This research shouldn’t surprise us because God’s word says…Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine.
Laughter is God’s tranquilizer! Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 tells us, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to laugh.”
One thing that surprised me when I started out in ministry was the fact that so many pastors were so serious and boring and monotonous. I often felt like the odd duck because I wasn’t like that. In the attempt to find out if there was something wrong with me I discovered that for the first time in my life I was the normal one in regards to what God’s Word says about laughter. God is our creative creator and He wants us to laugh.
God being God could have decided that the prevailing attitude of his children would be one of boredom and solemn-ness and seriousness. But God didn’t say that. Throughout his word, God has told us that the earmark of a Christian, the sign that we know Jesus Christ, is outrageous, contagious joy. And a byproduct of joy is what? Laughter. So it’s good to laugh. I experience life in the raw every day being in the ministry. I deal with some tough stuff in people’s lives and I need to laugh. I need to laugh and to feel good.
One of our biggest problems is that we take ourselves too seriously and don’t take God seriously enough. Are you that way? If I take myself too seriously, I look to Jon for all the answers. If I take God seriously, I look to God for the answers of life.
#2 It gives me a proper perspective on life.
One thing I love about kids is that they help us not take ourselves too seriously. This is an attribute of God because each and every day God is trying to do the same thing, “He doesn’t want us taking ourselves to seriously. Laughter gives us a proper perspective on life. It reminds us to enjoy the blessing that God has given us and not take them for granted. I believe that God gives us laughter to shift our current perspective. Laughter allows us to see our situations in a more realistic, less treating light. Laughter creatives psychological distance, which helps from feeling overwhelmed.
There are a lot of ways that I’ve learned to change my perspective by laughing. Watching a funny movie. Being goofy around my kids. Going out with friends and doing something light-hearted. Laughter gives great spice to life. We’ve got to laugh. Laughter is a sign of spiritual maturity. Laughter is a sign that you have a deep walk with Jesus Christ.
#3 It pleases God.
When I laugh it makes God smile. God has feelings too and he smiles when I smile. We love to watch our children laugh. There’s nothing that thrills me more than to see them laugh from the belly.
Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the spirit is…” What? “Joy!” Yeah, outrageous, contagious joy.
Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.
When I received Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit infiltrated my life and He redecorated my life form the interior, and I produce supernatural fruit. The fruit that Galatians 5 speaks of is not for self-consumption. We don’t eat the joy. What do we do? We share it. We share out outrageous, contagious joy and laughter.
#4 God is a God of restoration.
We go through grief, but we don’t have to live in grief because on the other side of grief is joy and even laughter. The Bible tells me that even my tears that I shed are like seeds. They hit the ground, they hot the soils of our lives, and if we walk with God, they germinate. You see, one day they’re going to produce joy. Once again, what is the byproduct of joy? Outrageous and contagious laughter.
Psalm 122:1 I rejoice with those who said to me, “Let is go to the house of the Lord.”
That’s one thing I love about Nexus Church. Our church is full of joy and laughter. If you ever go to a church and the church is not laughing a lot, it’s not a Godly church. If you ever go to a church and there’s no joy, it’s not a Godly church; it’s not a spiritually mature church. Christians should laugh more than anybody. Laughing is a mature thing. It’s a sign of spiritual depth. And again, that’s one of the reasons Nexus Church is so great.
I run into people all the time who don’t go to Nexus but they see everything on Facebook and they always say, “I’ve never seen a church so joyful. Your people know how to have fun!” And I simply say, “You know what? The joy of the Lord is our strength.” It’s all about him because God frees us up to really, really laugh.
If you are a person who doesn’t laugh much, I think it would be wise to inspect some stuff in your life.
Are you selfish? Are you angry? Are you stingy? Do you take yourself serious? All of this things destroy the laughter that God wants to send into our lives.
Don’t let the devil destroy your laughter. Don’t let people destroy your laughter. Don’t let anything destroy the joy that God wants to give you. I want to challenge you to lighten up! Lighten the load in your life by casting your cares on the Lord! Cast your cares and receive His joy!