by Pastor Mark Jordan
“We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, ‘What amazing things the Lord has done for them.’” (Psalm 126:2, NLT)
Have you ever heard the phrase that laughter is the best medicine? When you laugh, powerful endorphins, which act much the same way as pain killers, are released in the brain. Endorphins trigger a feeling of well-being throughout your entire body. So you see, a laughing heart really does work like medicine!
God wants you to be filled with laughter and joy, even in spite of the difficulties you might face. Much like we explored yesterday, God wants to develop the negatives in your life by shining light through them, revealing a complete picture of His love. Our verse for today is a great example of this working out in real life. Psalm 126 refers to the joy and wonder felt when you see God restore your negative circumstances. Then, when you share that message with others, they are able to see how good God is.
Look for chances to laugh today. Follow the wisdom of Carolyn Birmingham: “A smile starts on the lips, a grin spreads to the eyes, a chuckle comes from the belly; but a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, overflows, and bubbles all around.” Let your life be a cause for joy, laughter, and song to share with the world. After all, “If you laugh at yourself, you’ll never run out of things to laugh about.” (Denise Mina).
Laughter is good medicine, both for you and the world.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for faithfully bringing me through the difficulties and into a reality of restoration. Even though I might still be clouded in darkness, I know your light shines through me, and I want to share this joyfully with the world. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.