Getting Serious about Laughter

EL_COCODRILO“El Cocodrilo” (artwork used with the expressed permission of guest artist, Stephen Hamlin)

One day, as I was going about my daily tasks, I lifted the the lid on the printer and found this drawing positioned on the glass.

Actually, I found this “quick sketch” by my son, Stephen, and then got his permission to colorize it for this blog post.El Cocodrilo

When I saw  this drawing I laughed. And in that moment, I noticed how good it felt to laugh. Then I realized how much I needed to laugh.

I was wound up tight. God didn’t seem to be addressing anything on my agenda, so I was getting serious about trying to make something happen. I was really feeling the pressure, and it was squeezing out any enjoyment of life.

But, somehow, seeing an amped-up crocodile and a couple of fish wearing headphones immediately changed my perspective.

I started thinking that maybe I should take laughter more seriously.

I don’t know about you, but when I become intensely serious for a prolonged period of time, I get strange. My mind closes in on itself, and my spirit becomes dark. But laughter lets the light in again.

Randy Alcorn says that, for him, laughter is therapy. I think we all know what he means. Laughter lightens our hearts and gladdens our spirits. And I agree with a friend of mine who says that laughing at ourselves can often lead us into an experience of heart transformation. When we see the humor in what we are doing, it becomes an opportunity for spiritual growth.

For those of us who know the Redeemer, laughter isn’t a mask for our pain in this world of sorrows. It’s a foretaste of His promise that those who mourn in this age, shall laugh in the next.

What does laughter do for you?