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ECCLESIASTES 8:15 "Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun."

The whole book of Ecclesiastes is devoted to proving that everything in life is a vanity. Solomon has lived a full, rich life. He has owned houses, land, animals, ships, and even people. He had a thousand women, yet nothing satisfied. As he came down to the final days of his life here, there was only one thing he could commend and that was mirth. In Ecc. 8:15 he says there is no better thing under the sun and that it is the only thing he has found that will stay with with us all of our life. He started out in chapter 2 verse 1 saying it, too, was vanity. In verse 2 he says laughter is mad. But by chapter 8, he begins to see that joy is the only thing a person can get out of life. If everything in life is truly a vanity, then we may as well be happy while we are "doing time" here, waiting for a better place to go!

(Or the pee on the carpet?)

Once at age 2, my daughter colored all over my wall and the back of a chair with bright red crayon. As I came into the room she looked down, betraying crayon still in hand, and said, "The Debble made me do it Mommy." I had to go into the bathroom and have a good laugh before I could punish her. More recently, at age 28, she yelled, "MOM," from the nursery in her home. I hurried on the scene to find her with her newborn baby girl, naked, in her arms and pee all over everything! Once again I had to go into another room and laugh, though she vehemently told me she didn't think it was funny! She probably won't laugh when she reads this either. (CHUCKLE)

Why is it we never see the humor in a situation until after it is over? If we could learn to laugh at ourselves and our silly plights while we are in the middle of a "crisis", we could eliminate a lot of stress and headaches.

Just 2 weeks ago, my little 2 year old grandson locked himself, his 8 week old sister and me in the nursery with no way out except the window! (If you are wondering how this was possible, his dad had turned the door knob around to keep him from locking himself in the room. He came into the room, turned the lock on the outside of the knob and shut the door while I was changing the baby; no one else was home and no one was due to be home for at least 4 hours.) As I told this story to friends later, I found myself joining in their laughter at the picture of myself standing outside the window on the airconditioning unit with no way down save gravity! It would have been helpful, though, if I could have seen the humor as I LIVED the experience. I was so panic stricken at the time, I didn't think I'd ever be able to look back on that day and laugh.

I want to challenge you to try and find the humor in life's trying situations. To my knowledge, no one has ever really "laughed themselves to death!" The old addage, "laughter is the best medicine," is really true. A sense of humor is the lubricant of life's machinery. The Bible speaks of a time when all tears shall be wiped away but makes no mention of a time when we shall cease to smile!

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I hope you all have a lot to smile about this week!


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