A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Ken Davis is a wise Christian comedian who speaks at colleges, conferences, and churches across our land. If you've ever heard him, you know that your funny bone will be tickled and laughter will spring forth. He brings the gift of cheer to a weary heart with his ability to poke fun at himself and life about him. Everyone can identify with his adventures, but at the center of his message is the truth that Christ is the real reason for joy in one's heart.
For the last year, there has been a scarcity of laughter and lightheartedness as we've had to deal with the difficult virus situation and its aftermath. A dose of cheer is needed, and there are some things that can be done to help our crushed spirits not dry up. Healthier choices in spending time in worthwhile projects or service can help refresh the soul. Instead of sitting in front of the TV watching yet another murder focused drama or news documentary about how bad the pandemic is, why not lighten up and choose a funny comedy of years past? Another healthy decision would be to go out for a walk in a park, forest preserve, or in your own neighborhood to look for signs of spring now that the earth is warming up. (Seeing that first crocus will bring a smile for sure!) Perhaps you can gather again with close friends (even masked and social distancing) to share funny things that happened during the year of the lockdown.
God knew that everyone needs to experience joyous moments throughout their life. They bring balance to our mental health. Take time each day to refresh you soul with laughter, because the Lord is the source of an overflowing heart of merriment and joy filled with thanksgiving.
Written by: Lois Dahlstrom