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.

8 thoughts on “Learning to laugh in the face of adversity”

  1. Your words always hit at the perfect time. God knows and blesses us in that way. I love how you ask us to become free, reveal evidence and have peace about embracing joy in our lives. You speak truth to all of us that need to laugh more often. Have a blessed day!

    1. Mary, you honour God’s work in me regarding timing. I’m humbly grateful to have words to share, and if they resonate with and bless those who read them then that’s a huge bonus. I often find the same thing happening when I stop by at your site too. May your day be joyous! 🙂

  2. Hi Joy … this, I love, this I needed –>’Laugh like there’s no tomorrow to worry about because God’s got me covered.’

    Thanks for giving me a great big perspective shift.


    1. Hi Linda. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what has spoken to you. I’m honoured to have you here today! Sometimes we need a “great big perspective shift” and I’m happy to have helped you to achieve that. Blessings to you. 🙂

  3. Hi Joy. I, too, am far too serious in life and need more laughter, but somehow it always seems out of my reach. Thank you for the reminder – “But knowing God as prodigal-loving, exuberantly generous, all-giving Father? That’s reason to rejoice.” There is so much to rejoice over when we think of the deep, deep love of God for us, isn’t there? Blessings and hugs!

    1. Trudy, I’m not surprised you struggle as we all do at times. Life can be a very hard taskmaster, can’t it? And weakness and illness can drain life and vitality right out of us, leaving little space for laughter. I have to make a conscious effort to lighten up some days and look for the joy in the moment. Because the wonderful thing is that the more earnestly we seek it, the clearer it will shine forth. Reflecting on the “deep, deep love of God” is a reason to rejoice and a way to bring gratitude back to our cold hearts. May His loving arms surround you and bring a degree of holy content to your weary days. Thinking of you, my friend. Blessings, hugs and prayers. Xx

  4. I’m often amazed at the sheer JOY and delight I feel in the midst of such pain and suffering. But then I remember that I am not of this world, and that the JOY I feel comes from my true Father. The weight of this world doesn’t compare to the weight of His glory. It’s so easy to forget this . . . your words are an inspiring reminder, sweet friend! Blessings.

    1. June, I love how you describe the way joy infiltrates your days in an amazing way. It really comes down to the power of God’s love, the riches of His grace and goodness lavished upon us in the midst of adversity. Because, as you so aptly say, “The weight of this world doesn’t compare to the weight of His glory.” Amen, my friend! Blessings of joy and peace to you.

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