Friday, May 1, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! ~Philippians 4:4

It is said, "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry, and you cry alone." Sometimes laughter is even contagious, especially when it spontaneously occurs in a place where we are to be solemn or reverent. How many times I recall sitting in church trying to stifle the giggles.

Laughter, humor, happiness - well, they're all temporary, aren't they? They depend upon the "moment" and the "happening". The above scripture says "rejoice" which comes from the word "joy" and that's a whole different subject.

So? What about you? What causes you to explode into laughter? What do you find humorous? And what gives you happiness?

Now compare it to joy. What is the difference? The Apostle Paul said, "Count it all JOY when you face various trials." I think the difference very well may be not so much the event or happening, but the relationship we have with our Savior, knowing that He is causing all things to work together to give us growth and depth.

But laughter - it does have the effect of cleansing the soul, doesn't it? So why not read something humorous this weekend, or watch a movie that will cause you (and your family) fits of laughter. And above all - learn to laugh at yourself! Sometimes we can and will do some very funny things. They may appear "serious" for the moment, but looking back on it perhaps we can see the humor. Oh yeah, and being able to laugh at ourselves allows others to share in our humaness. That is a desirable trait.

Have a great weekend!
Tamara