There’s nothing like nose and glasses to make me chuckle. In fact I once drove through a fast food drive through, wearing a pair. Of course a rubber chicken can also gets the same reaction. I’m a born laugher. My mother was the same way and it used to embarrass me, but now I realize that it’s a great defense mechanism to guffaw, chortle or plain old belly laugh.
With the state of the world as it is, it seems things just keep getting worse. We are daily exposed to unrest in our cities, our schools and universities, on the streets, in churches, in the workplace – OK, let’s face it – it’s everywhere.
We’ve seen a plethora of sadness lately. Two major hurricanes have destroyed hugely populated cities in our country. The North Korean leader has decided to be the mouse that roared and is getting a lot of attention for doing so. Our president continues to take hit after hit from the Democrat party. There’s an epidemic of opioid addiction – not to mention other mind numbing drugs to help you forget all the other junk going on in the world. Kids are becoming adults before they’ve grown into adult bodies. Protests are commonplace. It’s enough to make even the most positive of us, want to run away.
Running away isn’t an option. No amount of Botox is going to lift our face. Our funny bones have gone out to lunch. If you laugh, people think you’ve completely lost it. We need to face the truth of our reality, but there are ways of dealing with all the ugly side of life. God doesn’t want us to be downhearted. He loves us and wants to see our joy, even in times of trouble.
Start hanging out with positive people – folks who share your faith and know what God has done for them. Then try to get your mind off of your own problems by doing something useful, productive, creative or just plain fun. It doesn’t hurt if it benefits someone else either.
Sometimes you have to search for the humor in things. While working with a friend, my husband was concerned that the fellow was wearing flip flops. The guy assured him they were steel toed so not to worry. That set the tone for the work to be done. We should never lose our sense of humor. By maintaining it, we can wash the muck off the windshield of life and get a much better perspective.
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.