“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
When I was a kid down in Florida, we had a terrible hurricane come through. My dad was with the other men in this fierce, cold wind, nailing up plywood over our windows. I remember wondering if our house was going to blow away.
My dad came in shivering and shut the door against the wind. All the electricity was off, and I’m a little boy there, eyes wide, wondering, “Is our house gonna blow away? Is this it?” My dad looked at my mother and said, “I’d give five dollars for a cup of coffee.”
My mother went to the tap, filled the pot with water, put it on the gas stove, and made him a cup of coffee. He’d forgotten we had a gas stove! He looked at her, reached in his pocket, gave her five dollars, and we had a big laugh that eased all the tension.
Does God believe in laughter? Let me give you a verse: Genesis 21:6, “And Sarah said, ‘God has made me to laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.’” God gave her a son. Do you know what she named her son? Isaac. Do you know what Isaac means? “Laughter.”
Learn to laugh at yourself. You’ll have plenty to laugh at. One of the best gifts you can give your child is the gift of laughter. It will make a difference in your home.