Sunday, October 24, 2010
Five: Tickled Toes
Oh yes, I know some might remember those baby days when your parents or loved ones would scratch at the bottom of your feet just to see those dimples. You would grin from ear to ear. If you don't believe me, just check out those album pictures that your parents put together years ago. Laughing indeed is good medicine and many of us need to do it more often. It is one of the biggest cures for stress and tension. According to Genesis 21:5-7, a promised nation from God was born being named "laughter." Abraham and Sarah received youthful joy from having a child in their old age---Isaac (which means laughter). Isaac birthed Jacob and God changed Jacob's name to Israel. Thus, the making of the nation of Israel. All of it was born out of laughter. In addition, Psalm 2:4 states God even laughs and scoffs at the wicked. Yes, that's right, even God laughs from time to time!
Proverbs 17:22 informs us that "laughter is like GOOD MEDICINE."
Ecclesiastes 3:4 lets us know that "there is A TIME to laugh."
Nehemiah 8:10 indicates that "the JOY of the Lord is your strength."
When one laughs over 50 distinct muscles are being utilized in the body releasing joyful feeling endorphines, making you feel youthful, energetic, and strong. But, when one pouts the reverse effect happens making you feel lethargic, EASILY irritable, and weak. A laughing matter is maybe more important than you first thought. Now, I do want to add, you should have clean or wholesome laughter. Laughing at a viral joke or vulgar behavior may not be the BEST things to be gaining your humor. Moreover, when someone trips and is badly injured that's not a healthy laughing matter either. I'm not saying we should live life rigid, stiff and over-serious all the time. But, what I am saying is that our laughter should not just be a response to something funny but it should have some tactfulness with it as well. So, let's LIGHTEN UP a bit more; it'll do a whole lot more good for us than we could ever imagine!