This lent I’m following the 40acts series & this was yesterdays, to share a joke! It really made a big difference to my day, so I thought I’d share it with you guys too;
share a good joke
‘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.”‘
Christian comedian Tim Vine beat all comers at the annual Lafta awards for Britain’s funniest joke: “Conjunctivitis.com – that’s a site for sore eyes”. In 2010 he topped the Edinburgh Fringe with, “I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again!” He came second in Edinburgh 2011 with my personal favourite, “Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels”.
Why is laughter so important? I am told that laughter helps our social lives, reduces stress and releases health-giving endorphins which also relieve pain. Apparently laughing 100 times equals 10 minutes on a rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike! And it lifts depression – although, as Ken Dodd once observed, “The trouble with Sigmund Freud is that he never played second house at the Glasgow Empire after both halves of the Old Firm had just lost!”
My baby girl is laughing long before she can talk. In fact children laugh up to 300 times a day, adults just 20 times. Jesus said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Maybe one change this Lent is that we learn to laugh more, to cultivate this rich gift God has made part of being human. We are not just telling a joke, we are celebrating the life God has given us.
Why not learn a joke or a funny story that you can share? Post your favourite groan-inducers on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/40acts
I know I take life all too seriously sometimes. This has helped me grow relationships, ease tensions and essentially shine more of Gods light into the world. So how about telling us your best jokes & spreading a smile?!