Yesterday I received an Email from my daughter, Shae. She had decided she would give writing a try, and asked me if I would read it. I was so excited that I immediately wrote her back and said, SEND IT! A few moments later it arrived and from the moment my eyes met her words I couldn’t stop laughing. I then called my friend and asked, “Do you want to hear something funny?”
All afternoon I couldn’t help but smile every time I thought about what it was that she wrote, and then I started thinking about the importance of humor and how laughter changes everything. Before I went to bed last night I opened my Bible, went to the concordance and looked up the word humor. It was interesting because I couldn’t find it. All I could find was:
Human, Humanity, Humble, Humiliate, and Humility.
It wasn’t until I read Ecclesiastes 7, where I understood why I couldn’t find it!
1 A good name is better than fine perfume,
and the day of death better than the day of birth.
2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
the living should take this to heart.
3 Frustration is better than laughter,
because a sad face is good for the heart.
4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
5 It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person
than to listen to the song of fools.
6 Like the crackling of thorns under the pot,
so is the laughter of fools.
This too is meaningless.
7 Extortion turns a wise person into a fool,
and a bribe corrupts the heart.
8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit,
for anger resides in the lap of fools.
10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.
11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing
and benefits those who see the sun.
12 Wisdom is a shelter
as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
Wisdom preserves those who have it.
13 Consider what God has done:
Who can straighten
what he has made crooked?
14 When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.
15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
16 Do not be overrighteous,
neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overwicked,
and do not be a fool—
why die before your time?
18 It is good to grasp the one
and not let go of the other.
Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.
19 Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful
than ten rulers in a city.
20 Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous,
no one who does what is right and never sins.
21 Do not pay attention to every word people say,
or you may hear your servant cursing you—
22 for you know in your heart
that many times you yourself have cursed others.
23 All this I tested by wisdom and I said,
“I am determined to be wise”—
but this was beyond me.
24 Whatever exists is far off and most profound—
who can discover it?
25 So I turned my mind to understand,
to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things
and to understand the stupidity of wickedness
and the madness of folly.
26 I find more bitter than death
the woman who is a snare,
whose heart is a trap
and whose hands are chains.
The man who pleases God will escape her,
but the sinner she will ensnare.
27 “Look,” says the Teacher, “this is what I have discovered:
“Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—
28 while I was still searching
but not finding—
I found one upright man among a thousand,
but not one upright woman among them all.
29 This only have I found:
God created mankind upright,
but they have gone in search of many schemes.” Ecclesiastes 7: 1-29
My daughter started writing because she understands all that is written within Ecclesiastes 7. She has had good days and bad. She has lost many she has loved, and she understands what it’s like to have a passion for one thing, and has to work for another.
Ecclesiastes 7 is so right when it shares that wisdom is more important than humor because within wisdom one can laugh. It’s all about understanding Ecclesiastes 7:14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.
And, when we can understand that God has made one as well as the other than we can understand that “Laughter is the best medicine” and God confirms that within Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
Today, if you are going through anything that is worrying you, remember that you can not discover anything about your future, so worrying is a waste, and since you are alive, be happy… Life is the greatest gift we can be given, and within the simplicity of being happy all one has to do is smile. It is interesting because to be sad, one has to do nothing, but to be happy, we actually have to be proactive and use our facial muscles to smile.
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
ONWARD BY FAITH WITH A SMILE!