by Tracy Hester
Can you remember the last time you laughed so hard you gave yourself an AB workout? When I was younger, my family would comment on how funny I was. Then, as I grew up and started to experience life—responsibilities, deadlines, and disappointments, that funny girl faded away, and the “get it done” girl took her place. She sneaked in as an uninvited guest and convinced me to stop laughing because my life was not funny or fun.
Our daily routines can quickly become hurried, stressful, and robotic. It’s great we juggle 20 balls in the air at one time, schedule and organize our day down to the minute, and still have time for God, family, and our ministries. The critical question is, “Are we scheduling time for ourselves?” How are we filling ourselves up, so we don’t operate from a place of depletion? Do we have the energy to express the unique and creative gifts that make us special and beautiful? Can we be everything to everybody and still care for ourselves spiritually, emotionally, and even laugh until it hurts sometimes?
I recently rediscovered the importance of laughter and how it is one of my superpower gifts. I’m a funny girl, it’s who I am and something I must do every day. I need to protect and cultivate my laughter and joy because it puts Jesus in me on display. Unfortunately, the enemy continues to try and silence my laughter to steal my witness and ministry. If my mission is to minister to women and point them to Jesus, I cannot accomplish this goal if my disposition displays sadness instead of being set free.
God gave us the gift of laughter for the following reasons:
- Laughter is powerful medicine. Medical studies show laughter reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. In Proverbs 17:22 (NLT), King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said, “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” Laughter heals.
- Laughter expresses our inward joy from the Lord. In Psalm 126:2-3 (NLT), King David said this about laughter, “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” Our laughter puts the Lord on display in our lives.
- Laughter produces a connection with others. Who doesn’t like being around funny people? It’s contagious! Laughter can be a powerful witnessing tool.
God wants the funny girl inside us to display her freedom, creativity, and beautiful smile to exude hope and peace to others. So, pray and ask God about the funny girl inside of you, and how your laughter can become a powerful witnessing strategy.
Laugh Challenge: What if God told you, “I want you to add more laughter into your daily routine.” Where could you schedule in laugh time?
This article brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Tracy Hester is a mentor, life coach, and Bible teacher. She lives in Hercules, California, with her two children. Tracy is excited about becoming a new grandmother in the fall of 2021. In addition, she has self-published a 90-day devotional entitled, All Things New! Discovering Peace and Protection During Challenging Times. Her second book, Get Up, Girl, Let’s Go, will be published in 2022. You can reach out to Tracy on Facebook or her website at tracyhester.com.
Join the conversation: When is the last time you laughed out loud?