A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face;
a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.
Proverbs 15.13 (MSG)
It was one of my sisters’ birthday this week, and so one of my other sisters arranged for us all to make a little ‘Happy Birthday’ video, and then she put them all together. It was brilliant! Everyone in my family seemed to use this as an opportunity to be varying degrees of silly, and all my sister’s friends gave very tame, heartfelt, proper birthday messages! 😂😂  But it was brilliant to see each other being silly, and then to join together later on a video call to again be silly and make each other laugh.

I’m sure you’ve all got those people in your life who make you laugh. And at the moment, I think it’s more important than ever to not take ourselves too seriously and allow ourselves and others to laugh at our sillyness.

I made this post because one of the pastors at my church shared a story of how he needed to buy some dental tape, but in order to avoid delivery charges, he had to buy 8 reels of it. When he told his wife, our other pastor, she said, “What about if you die before you use them all?” Which set them both about laughing, and they were glad of that moment of light relief and the release that it brought.

The proverb above seems to hold true in my experience. Doesn’t mean it’s always easy to have a cheerful heart, but there are things we can do to help. We can force ourselves to stay in contact with those we love and who love us, even when we don’t feel like it. We can try to focus on the things that make us happy and feel strong, instead of ruminating on what we’re not good at or that makes us sad. And we can open up to others when we need someone to break through our wall of damaging thoughts against ourselves.

Keep laughing. Keep loving. Keep hoping.

Stay safe, and take care!