There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:
… A time to laugh… A time to dance…a time to love – taken from verses in Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 NIV.
When did you last take time to laugh or to dance or to just have fun? We can laugh at things we see, read about or hear. Can you even remember the last time? I’m a giggler and remember sometimes not being able to control it when I was a child, which got me in trouble a couple of times in Invicta School. I could recall something later and still be giggling at bedtime. I have a love of slapstick films too – it’s not a complicated type of humour. But it makes me so happy to laugh like that. What makes you laugh?
We need to remember that although we are in lockdown we can still have a bit of fun. It’s the way we look at life. We may be busy and we may even feel low from time to time, as life is so different at the moment, but life was created to be joyful.
Chuck Swindoll writes ‘I refuse to force hilarity into the back seat every time responsibility takes the wheel. If the fun has gone, it’s because we don’t want it around – not because it didn’t fit… ‘.
The Psalmist said, ‘you make known to me the path of life: you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ Psalm 16:11 NIV. So let’s try and enjoy our lives the way God intended. Watch a favourite comedy film or maybe a YouTube clip that makes you laugh, dance around the room to joyful music or read something that maybe makes you giggle. It’s great to have a conversation on the phone and bring some joy into it. We are blessed with the benefits He has given us and we should praise Him for it.
By Sue Redford, St John’s Parish Worker
Heavenly Father You are my strength and my Redeemer. You are my healer and my provider Lord, so I give all my worries and cares to you and I lay it all at your feet. You created me to be joyful. Fill me with your joy and take away any feelings of sadness. Help me to have that joy and peace in my life so I will be able to smile through any storm confident that I will come out stronger for it. Help me not to look at my adversity but to look directly at you, in your powerful name, Lord. Amen.