When is the last time you had an uncontrollable fit of laughter? You know the kind I am talking about. The kind where
~Your sides hurt and you think your rib cage is going to explode
~when you look at someone you bust out laughing again even though it has been fifteen minutes since you stopped laughing
~You almost pee your pants because you have laughed so hard
~when you take a drink and start to think of that "funny thing" one more time and you spew the contents of drink out of your mouth onto the person in front of you, making you laugh all that much harder.
I had that kind of episode on Sunday evening while watching a movie with my family. I don't even know how it got started. The guy on the movie mispronounced a word and it struck my son funny and he began to laugh--hard. His laughter was SO contagious that my daughter began laughing hysterically. It was STILL contagious and before long, the three of us were laughing so hard we were all crying.
So why is it as adults, we have THE HARDEST time just letting go and laughing?
I know I do. Sometimes I feel that I have lost my laughter or that I am just "too busy" to enjoy a good laugh. I don't want to do that--that's for sure. I want to enjoy life and laugh. My coffee up says:
Don't you know that God deems it important for us to laugh and be cheerful? Here are a few verses I found about laughter and being happy.
- Job 8:21
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
- Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
- Proverbs 31:25
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
- Ecclesiastes 3:4
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
- Luke 6:21
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
- Psalm 68:3
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
- Proverbs 15:13
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Today, spend some time just enjoying yourself. Watch a movie that makes you laugh, take your family out for ice cream, play with your spouse, and wrestle with the kids. DO SOMETHING SPONTANEOUS and enjoy it while you do it!
You can find more inspiration at Word Filled Wednesday.