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Learning to laugh in the face of adversity

I wonder when you last had a deep belly laugh where your whole body shook helplessly, convulsed with conviviality?

Or laughed out loud at least.

It’s been a while for me, way too long.

Life is very often no laughing matter. And I have a tendency to take it too seriously.

Received wisdom suggests that laughter is good medicine for body and soul Click To Tweet

In fact, some seemed to have laughed themselves well, or made pain and illness easier to bear with a determined laughter fest.

I believe it could be true. Maybe worth a try.

I think those rivers of living water that Holy Spirit floods and fills our being with as believers in Christ must at least bubble up sometimes as holy joy, if not laughter.

We note how babies can chuckle/laugh up to 300 times a day, whereas weary adults barely make it to 20 times on a good day.

Have we forgotten how to let loose? Lost touch with inner joy?

I see Jesus as a joy-bringer, someone who must have laughed while here on earth Click To Tweet

I picture Him chuckling with His disciples, smiling and laughing as He took infants into His arms and cradled children on His lap.

Not like some kind of fake-jovial Father Christmas, but as a reflection of the freedom and zest which living a Spirit filled life can bring to us.

Religion can seem dry, dutiful and dreary.

Theology can be dull and dusty too.

holy laugh - joy pinBut knowing God as prodigal-loving, exuberantly generous, all-giving Father? That’s reason to rejoice.

And He gives us much to be thankful for in our everyday lives.

So maybe I need to lighten up a little. Allow Jesus to be my Burden-bearer and load-lifter Click To Tweet

Become free on the inside to express sheer delight in being alive and being loved by God.

Reveal evidence of the joy of the Lord in my demeanour and everyday behaviour.

Have peace in seeing God’s purposes being released in my life.

Laugh like there’s no tomorrow to worry about because God’s got me covered.

And maybe learn to laugh in the face of adversity too because I trust that God is taking very good care of me – and you, my friend.

Is it easy to do? Not at all, but it’s really worth it because having an attitude of gratitude produces holy joy in us.

This is day 15 of write-31-days and five-minute-free-writes. Today’s prompt is:‘laugh’.  You can see the rest of the month’s prompts here. 

I have joy in completing 2 weeks of writing, give or take a day or  two! Thank you for joining me for the journey.


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