Have a Good Laugh WITH Me!
by Deb DeArmond
April is the official month to set aside to celebrate a good chuckle, a guffaw, or a hearty laugh as part of a faith-filled life. It is Holy Humor Month!
The Bible is clear that God believes humor should be on the agenda as a healthy habit. Proverbs 17:22 NKJV says, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
When God brought Sarah the baby He had promised, she says, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me” (Genesis 21:6, NLT).
“Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down” (Romans 12:15, MSG).
What do these verses have in common? They both talk about laughing with others, not at them.
In this same chapter of Romans, Paul exhorts us, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world” (Romans 12:2).
Have you noticed how mean-spirited the humor in our world has become? The stuff that passes for “funny” in our movies, our books, and on television is often a laugh at someone else’s expense.
Though cheap laughs have been popular forever, it wasn’t until the 1890s that slapstick became king and gave birth to a school of comedy built entirely on people getting beat up. Think about the Three Stooges or Laurel and Hardy. Buster Keaton built an entire career on his ability to “take a fall”—he could take a licking and keep on ticking. So ultimately we laughed at his pain.
Emotional pain has also become jokester territory. Weight, appearance, intelligence—even religious jokes are sometimes added to this pile. It’s open season for the punster.
The only exception to this rule is when the pain happens to you. When you get hurt, it’s not funny. It just hurts.
So be different. Laugh with someone today. Defend someone who is being laughed at. Comfort someone in pain instead of having a laugh at their expense. It might just even make God crack a big old smile!
Deb DeArmond is an expert in the fields of communication, relationship, and conflict resolution. Deb’s books help readers whether newlywed or long-time married create the life God meant marriage and family to be. Her newest book, written with her husband, Ron, is entitled Don’t Go to Bed Angry. Stay Up and Fight!