I am a joyful person and love life, but I tend to be a pretty serious person. My bent is for deep conversations, and I don't last long with small talk. I try to make the most of each moment and find purpose in every step. And I over analyze. I just don't find myself belly laughing often.
That is until this year. One of my words for the year is FUN, and I trusted that God would lead me to lean in to LAUGHTER and enjoy life more than I already do. *Genesis 21:6 NLT- And Sarah declared, "God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.
When I opened myself up to this, I looked around and realized that the Lord purposefully placed me in environments around people that help me to take myself less seriously. The team I work alongside daily are all super funny people and encourage me to lighten up. They stop by my desk to show me hilarious memes, tell me stories that I wouldn't believe, and help me to find humor in a world that often seems so heavy.
I also meet monthly with a group of women, many are spouses of those with whom I work. We get together late at night after the kids are in bed, and around a table of good food, we share our lives and laugh so hard we cry. They remind me that in the intensity of life, laughter is good medicine for your soul. *Proverbs 17:22 MSG- A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
I don’t know what is going on in your world or the burdens you are carrying, but I would challenge you that in the middle of it all, in spite of your circumstances, right now, purposefully lean into an opportunity to laugh. Maybe watch a funny Youtube video, listen to a song that brings you joy (this is one of our family’s favorite), or grab lunch with a friend that always has a story to tell. Sometimes it can feel like the weight of the world is ours to carry, but it is important that we remember that God has it all under control. He made this day simply for you to ENJOY it, so let go and laugh a little. *Psalm 118:24 ESV- This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.