A Word On Laughing

God has been so good to me.

In any given moment there is a friend who can say something that will get me laughing. In the childhood days there were competitions between us as siblings to see who could keep a straight face and not laugh at the efforts of the others. Though I loved funny things, it began to take a lot to get me to laugh.

Today I love laughing good and proper and there are some people who can hit the sweet spot of delivering a line that will have me in the guffaws without inhibition. It is a great feeling, especially seeing as though those jokes are coming from a good place. Nothing derogatory, defamatory, degrading or distasteful, just hilarious material clean and simple. Someone said laughter is a good medicine and when saints deliver it, I am certainly the better for the experience.

So this is just to say a massive thank you to the likes of Kevin, Andy, Ritson, Your Majesty as well as my siblings Ruth and David who are very good at letting the laughter flow.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

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December Thanks #17: Laughter 

This one is for Andy.

I don’t think there has been anyone who has made me appreciate the power of laughter like Andy.

He brought out the truth that I had never considered properly of how people can be open to relax and engage by laughing. Not only that but stimulating others to laugh has a healing effect when done properly.

So many hostilities ebb away in the light of laughter and a heavy day is lightened by laughter. That’s not to suggest that laughter is a negative firm of escapism. Great truths can settle and make their place in the heart because of laughter. To be able to allow others to enjoy it is a blessing in itself so to be gifted in doing so is tremendous. To then use that gift to the glory of God is something I find to be highly admirable.

My route where that was concerned was always to go the cheesy route, looking for the quickest pun available. That works to a degree. But it is a gift to tap into the human experience and observe and then evoke such a reaction to the absurd in the normal. And whilst we laugh some other truths are thrown in there too and though some think it’s for entertainment, there’s something greater and deeper going on that people won’t experience until after the laughter fades.

This gift has been such a great help to me over the years. It’s a wonderful gift and I am thankful to those who use it for such good to others. For that I am forever grateful.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Thank God for … Humour

Just to be clear. The last entry about jokers was certainly not a compliment to that kind of joker.

As opposed to this entry where I am definitely grateful for people who make me laugh … for good reasons. When I think about it, there’s quite a number of people who make me laugh because they are funny. God knows I need the relief they offer with what’s usually their brilliant verbal humour.

It is truly relief and outstanding medicine to the soul. So thank you among others – Rob, Kevin The Don, Big Kevin, Andy K, Ritson, my brother and of course Bob Monkhouse for years of laughter.

For that I am grateful.

For His Name’s Sake
Shalom
C. L. J. Dryden

Grateful For … (4)

What happened today that made me very grateful for the life I lead is the opportunity to watch something that made me laugh.

I shared with a friend not so long ago that in as much as I like to make people laugh, I am not one who tends to laugh that much in the day. It takes a bit for me to laugh.

Today though I watched something that made me laugh.

I felt better for it.

I hope to do it more often.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Ten Things I Love About Laughter

It’s unfortunate that so many associate laughter with something malicious, obscene or gross. It’s also unfortunate that some ‘spiritual’ types pour scorn on laughter. My brief journey in life has thankfully seen some benefits in good laughter.

Here are ten things I love about laughter, in no particular order.

1. Healthy laughter lightens the load. When I see people have a good laugh, everything appears to seem so much lighter.

2. That which provokes good laughter often reflects a joy filled life.

3. It’s a clever and observant mind that picks on the things that make us laugh.

4. Sometimes a good laugh brings a fresh perspective on something that may have confused before.

5. A good laugh reminds us that spending time being glum can often be a waste of time.

6. People can take things too seriously. I can take things too seriously. That is not healthy. A good laugh cures that.

7. Effective teaching often takes place in the midst of laughter. A good laugh leaves you open to be receptive.

8. A good laugh is infectious and that can change an environment and a relationship from something morose to something liberating and relieving.

9. Those who give good laughs are generous folks – it’s easy to be a joker seeking attention and approval – but those who give good laughs are happy to share so we all enjoy something good.

10. Laughter is a great response to the victories God gives. (Psalms 126:1-3)

For His Name’s Sake
Shalom
C. L. J. Dryden

Laughter – A Very Good Medicine

I’m not sure if laughter is the best medicine.  I’m fairly certain it’s very good. (I write this while still getting over laughing at the movie Airplane – that is a hilarious film.)

It’s good because in a moment of the purest laughter free of malice and cynicism there is a release of something positive and refreshing to yourself and everyone around.  I love laughter.  I love hearing people laugh and I love making people laugh.  (Not in that sort of way – be serious when I’m talking about laughter.)

Someone referred me to Ecclesiastes and a few other references that suggested being serious and mournful was better that lightness and laughter.  I know one or two curmudgeonly folks who would rejoice in a sombre manner at such verses.  Yet I am also fairly certain the life we are to live in Christ and what we have to look forward to eternally will not be of the sort that some strait-laced killjoys would want us to accept.

No, joy in the Lord is not a perpetual smile on your face with the glee that is about to burst into another verse of ‘A Little More Oil In My Lamp Keep Me Burning’.  Yet that joy I do believe every now and then in the company of believers and co-sojourners leads to those moments of irrepressible laughter, back-slapping and gasping for breath at those things that bring out that kind of laughter.  Yeah we can cry at some things, there is a place for that, but surely after laughing at other things you don’t just feel better, you feel like even the worst that can happen will not eliminate the freedom of that joyous moment.

Have a laugh on me.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

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