Thursday, January 31, 2008

hilarity

Yesterday at a table in the breakroom a number of us guys had some good laughs. It was a good release for me, the hilarity, as life and the stress that comes with it, has been a little heavier lately.

I'm a believer in good humor and some downright good laughter, and it's especially nice when something seems genuinely hilarious, as was the case especially for me, today. Some were laughing in part, surely, from the genuine release of hilarity that was pouring out of me.

If we believe God is sovereign over all, then we can afford some laughter. Life doesn't depend on us, and we don't have to carry the world, not even our own world on our shoulders.

Ecclesiastes telling us that sorrow is better than laughter is in its context making the point that we need to empathize with others. Proverbs tells us a merry heart does good to us, like medicine. I know for myself today, it was a good release of pent up inward pressure, and the heaviness left me.

Life is a serious matter. Levity and constant lightheartedness can be the symptom of an inward emptiness or frustration towards life. It can be symptomatic of throwing in the towel as in, "What's the use?"

But at the same time having some consistent laughter and even some occasions of hilarity can indicate a faith and trust in a sovereign God, who himself made laughter. In Jesus we can know that while we live in difficult times, there is a good ending. And that God can take the burden we cannot carry- that in faith we can laugh, knowing he is God.

What would you like to add to this?

6 comments:

NaNcY said...

i think that God can lighten our heart and create healing within us with laughter.

Craver Vii said...

Well said. What can I possibly add, except a ha-ha-hearty amen?

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
Yes indeed. I need some everyday.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Craver,
Thanks, and have a good amen, again, while you're at it!

Ted M. Gossard said...

I should have had a picture of my laughing, beside my name. As Ecclesiastes 3 tells us: "There's a time to laugh and a time to weep."

23 degrees said...

Love this post, bro. I had never thought of laughter for some as throwing in the towel. I need to be sensitive to this.

I love to laugh and am finding again how liberating it is. Like all God's creation, I think it is a gift to us.

I bet God laughed when he made the Duckbill Platypus...