Will Rogers said, “We are here for a spell. Get all the good laughs you can.”
Martin Luther said, “If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.”
Henry Ward Beecher said, “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.”
The Apostle Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice!”
There used to be a popular restaurant in Pittsburgh called Captain Cook’s. The owner, Barney Cook, was a real clown. He was always playing practical jokes and cheering everyone up. He had a loudspeaker and would announce every customer’s name as they came in.
One day, one of Barney’s friends, Joe the mailman, came by, and while he was eating dinner, he suddenly slumped over on the floor. Joe’s face turned blue as he gasped for breath, like he was having a heart attack. Everybody panicked. Barney calmly told everyone to move aside. He got down on his hands and knees and whispered in Joe’s ear, “Joe, can you hear me?” Joe replied, “Yeah, I can hear you.” “Have you paid your check?” Barney asked. Joe started laughing and laughing and laughing. A healthy color returned to his face and by the time the ambulance arrived Joe was up assuring everyone he was feeling fine. There are healing properties to humor and laughter.
People have as much joy as they want to have. Don’t take yourself so seriously. God knows we are human and therefore subject to error. By the grace of God, lighten up!