you ever noticed how much better you feel after
a good belly laugh? Scientists tell us that so
many muscles are exercised during a hearty laugh,
that laughing is actually good for us physically.
Psychologists have discovered that the mere act
of moving facial muscles into a smiling position
(regardless of whether or not you actually feel
happy) produces feelings of happiness. Scripture
also affirms the physical value of laughter: "A
cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed
spirit dries up the bones" (Proverbs 17:
22). God has created us with a need to laugh
and smile and find amusement in our daily lives.
In His Word, God reminds
us of the spiritual and emotional value of laughter
and cheer in our lives:
look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives
health to the bones. — Proverbs 15:30
happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache
crushes the spirit. — Proverbs 15:13
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
— Job 8:21
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it
was said among the nations," The LORD has done great things for them." — Psalm
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual
feast. — Proverbs 15:15
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. — Proverbs
If you're feeling stressed or need a small dose of encouragement, try practicing
the art of finding humour in everyday situations. Laughter and the ability
to appreciate the lighter side of daily encounters is a valuable commodity
in a pastor's life!
So sit back, relax and laugh! It's
good for your soul, health and countenance!
A preacher was making his rounds to his parishioners on a bicycle, when he came upon a little boy trying to sell a lawn mower. "How much do you want for the mower?" asked the preacher.
"I just want enough money to go out and buy me a bicycle", said the little boy. After a moment of consideration, the preacher asked, "Will you take my bike in trade for the mower?"
The little boy asked if he could try it out first, and after riding the bike around a little while said, "Mister, you've got yourself a deal."
The preacher took the mower and began to try to crank it. He pulled on the cord a few times with no response from the mower. The preacher called the little boy over and said, "I can't get this mower to start."
The little boy said, "That's because you have to cuss at it to get it started." The preacher said, "I’m a minister, and I cannot cuss. It’s been so long since I’ve been saved that I don’t even remember how to cuss."
The little boy looked at him happily and said, "Just keep pulling on that cord. It'll come back to ya!"
A minister who was very fond of pure, hot horseradish always kept a bottle of it on his dining room table. He offered some to a guest, who took a big spoonful.
When the guest finally was able to speak, he gasped, "I've heard many ministers preach hellfire, but you are the first one I've met who passed out a sample of it."
Sermons from God
A preacher's little boy inquired, "Daddy, I notice every Sunday morning when you first come out to preach, you sit up on the platform and bow your head. What are you doing?"
The father explained, "I'm asking the Lord to give me a good sermon."
The little boy replied, "Why don't He?"