The other morning, I was watching a boy riding his bike. He swerved back and forth, raising his hands in the air as he rode up and down the street. He was  doing something we, as adults, rarely do. Having fun.

As a kid, did you ever spin around until you made yourself dizzy? Or you’d laugh until your side ached? bikeLaughter is something we should do at least once a day.

Sometimes it appears from the looks on some Christians’ faces that we aren’t supposed to smile. We all know someone like this. Their mouths are downturned, and they look like they’ve drank a glass of vinegar. I call these people “sourpuss Christians,” because they seem to find nothing that makes them happy.

However, God wants us to have fun. He wants us to feel joy in our lives. Psalm 118:24 reads,  This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

As Christians, we should be happy. If the Lord’s love, grace, and forgiveness aren’t enough to make you
giddy, here are a few other reasons.

  1. Laughter reduces stress. A good belly laugh can help you relax, thereby putting you in a better mood.
  2. Laughter releases infectious-fighting antibodies that boost your immune system. Why take a pillim58 with terrible side affects when you can laugh instead?
  3. The Mayo Clinic claims laughter “enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulating your heart, lungs, and muscles.”
  4. Laughter can also relieve pain. Again, safer than any medication the doctor would prescribe.
  5. Humor is infectious. Have you ever watched a video of a baby giggling? It’s hard not to laugh along with the child. The reason these videos are so popular is because they make people feel better.

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I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person. – Audrey Hepborn

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So start laughing. Read the comics or a funny story. Hang out with humorous people for a day. I
guarantee by the evening, you’ll feel God’s joy throughout.

And then tomorrow, have another glass full. Laughter is one of the few ways to get drunk without worrying about a ticket.

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Was your day really as bad as you think it was? Before you answer, remember, things can always be worse.

In Jacksonville, we have these large trash cans we’re required to use. I love them because if I forget to Trash cantake the trash out one week, it’s no big deal. I have plenty of room.

The other morning, as I’m leaving for work, I spotted a man trying to push a car. I’m assuming it was his wife’s, but I can’t be sure. Turns out the lady driving the vehicle was backing out of her yard and ran over one of the large garbage cans. It lodged beneath her car and lifted the vehicle just enough she could not get any traction to move. While the man tried to push the car forward, the wheels spun as if stuck on an icy road.

Within seconds a thought came to me. No matter how bad my day is going to be, chances are it will not be car-struck-on-a-trash-can bad. Imagine the phone call she had to make to her boss.

Some of us have a tendency to complain. A lot. I know I do. In reality, there isn’t that much wrong in our lives. Philippians 2:14-15 reads, Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.

We like to look at what we don’t have, not what God has given us. We complain about having to get up in the morning and commute forty-five minutes to work. (Okay, maybe that’s just me.) We whine about traffic. (Could that be me only, also?) I should be grateful I have a car that runs. And a job to go to. A lot of people don’t.

COMPLAINChristians complain about what is on television, yet tune in. They complain about the books that are written, yet don’t put their money into Christian books. They complain about the minister not acknowledging them on Sunday morning and about the long line at Michaels.

We can find enough complaints to fill our days. Yet, we should be showing the joy of the Lord instead.

If we’d look more at what we have instead of what is missing, we might complain a lot less. We should be grateful for that long line in the store. It gives us an opportunity to talk with the people around us. Maybe even invite someone to church. It also means you were able to leave your house, whereas some people are homebound.

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Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier. ― Randy Pausch 

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If we’d take a step back and realize there are ways to turn these complaints into a blessing, our lives would sure be a lot happier. I couldn’t help but think the other day that God was telling me that my day was not going to be that bad. And it wasn’t. After all, I didn’t get my vehicle stuck on a garbage can.

How about you?

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