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Laugh and the World Laughs With You

Laughter really is the best medicine.  Recently, I read an article about the health benefits of laughter.  Here are six things that were presented in that brief post: 1) Laughter relaxes you.  2) Builds your immune system.  3) Improves your mood. 4) Prevents heart disease.  5) Helps to broaden your perspective on life’s issues.  6)Helps to make stronger social bridges since other people love to be around someone who is joyful.  (THE SIX HEALTH BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER, by Debbie McGauran in “Active Beat”).

For all of its benefits, laughter can become a cover for serious issues.  Some choose humor to seek to cope with abuse, deep hurts, or crises.  Rather than let others get close enough to learn of the pain, laughter keeps folks at arm’s length.  The person that is making others laugh surely is a happy soul without a care in the world… or so it would appear.  For some, they are not comfortable sharing their deepest wounds.  So, the sure way to keep anyone from getting too personal is through humor.

Tragically, while dealing with life’s possible “land mines”, some think that if they can keep others laughing and they don’t feel bad physically, they are going to live to be 100.  However, failure to get health check-ups and to take care of oneself is no laughing matter.

Edwin Cooper was famous across America, yet almost no one knew his real name. Coming from a family of circus clowns, Cooper began performing before audiences when he was just nine years old. After a stint with the Barnum and Bailey Circus, he became a fixture on television in the 1950s as Bozo the Clown. In addition to entertaining both young and old, Cooper had a message for his “buddies and partners” every week: get checked for cancer. Yet Cooper was so busy working that he neglected to follow his own advice. By the time his cancer was discovered, it was too late for it to be treated. Edwin Cooper died at just forty-one years of age from a disease he had warned many others to watch out for.

Sin is far more deadly than the most aggressive and faster growing cancer. Sin kills and destroys everything it touches. From the Fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden until now, sin takes no prisoners. This is the purpose behind everything Satan does. Jesus said, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). Because of his evil nature and his hatred of everything good, the devil brings destruction to everything within his reach.

When we regard sin as God does, we find nothing amusing or humorous about it. We will not make it the subject of the jokes we tell or those we hear. We will not allow ourselves to be tempted to get a little closer to the line to see if we are still safe. God hates sin with a holy and righteous fury, and so should we. When we find ourselves amused by sin, it is time for us to focus on the cross. Seeing the price paid for our sin reminds us that it is no laughing matter.  (Copied). 

It is true that “the joy of the LORD is our strength”, but it is also true that we are to be vigilant over our health—physical and spiritual.  The prayer of John states, Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”  (3 John 2).