I admit it. I am easily entertained. Perhaps it comes from being raised without television. My expectations for entertainment seem to be much lower than most. I don't need surround sound and high tech graphics. The same joke or line from a movie/television show, can keep me laughing for days. Seriously. I found myself nearly in tears last night as I repeated a t.v. line that I'd heard over and over for the last week. It still tickles my funny bone this morning. At this point, I can't imagine the line getting old.
Now, I didn't admit my fondness for lame jokes for nothing. The point is that laughter is contagious. I've found that if I repeat a cheesy joke that makes me laugh, even if my audience is not entertained by the joke, they can't help but laugh because I'm so tickled. When we look for things that make us happy, that make us laugh, we'll find them. And sometimes, I think maybe God sends us little gifts of laughter when we need it most.
Case in point, I was offered a new job last summer and had to quit the position I was in. I was on my way to work the morning I was to resign and not looking forward to it. That's when I heard a clip of a parody song about Chick-fil-A. It sounded funny. I looked it up when I got to the office. Before I turned in my letter, I watched the music video once more. It was a silly song. But a song that let me just laugh. It may be odd that a ridiculous song would put me in the frame of mind I needed to be in, would give me the confidence I needed, to accomplish the task at hand. But it wasn't about the song at all. It was simply something that made me happy. That song got me through when I needed it most. I like to think that God sent me that song to see me through the day.
Be it silly songs, lame sitcom lines, or Laffy Taffy jokes, what makes you laugh like a hyena, while those around you scratch their heads? Has God sent you a gift of laughter?