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?






9 thoughts on “Getting Serious about Laughter

    • Your sense of humor is evident in your response, Andrew. And, actually, I do kind of have a story like that. I friend of mine was on a training exercise when his partner tried to roll a “flash-bang” through a doorway, but it hit the door jamb and rolled back to them. That made me laugh.Thanks for reminding me.

  1. Here’s my thought that this blog triggered: I wonder how the Church would change if we got serious about laughter? I feel like the church as a whole needs laughter to “lighten our hearts and gladden our spirits” as you said.
    Thanks for sharing yet another thought-provoking post!

  2. Great post, Dave! And I really see your gift for drawing in your son’s style. 🙂 So fun to see the family resemblance. 🙂

    Laughter is one of my favorite sounds. But, I’m like you in that when I am serious or introspective for a long enough period of time, I go to dark places in my thoughts too. When my kids make me laugh, it definitely starts me back on the journey toward the light. Laughter is healing in so many ways.

    BTW, I loved your last paragraph. Well stated!

  3. As for the kids and their artistic abilities, the acorns are better than the tree! And those kids are often the ones who surprise me with laughter, making me laugh in spite of myself.
    Yes, laughter is healing. It’s an echo of Eden and a taste of paradise restored. .
    Thank you for your comments, Jeanne!

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