I’ve been dipping in and out of Devotions for Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life by Charles Swindoll and was struck by his thoughts on humour (in the broadest sense) today.  In pages 112-116 he writes clearly on the need for quality humour, ending with three potential action points:

  1. Start each day with pleasant words.  Your family will be the first to benefit.
  2. Smile more often.  I cannot think of many occasions when a smile is out of place.
  3. Express at least one honest comment of appreciation or encouraging remark to each person you are with during the day.  As a Christian, you want to share Christ’s love.

He highlighted these helpful scriptures:

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.  All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. (Proverbs 15:13, 15)

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

Certainly there is a helpful challenge to smile a little more, and worry a little less.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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