When was the last time you laughed until your belly hurt or tears came to your eyes?
I don’t laugh like that as much as I should, but one time I did comes to my mind often. It was at the 2011 ACFW Conference in St. Louis.
I was sitting at the table with a few new friends (I really only knew one person in the flesh before walking in the front door) eating dinner during the Genesis and Carol Awards Banquet. We were talking about beef. Somehow the conversation turned to unappetizing parts of a bull (though some people do eat them, yuck) and I mentioned seeing on a “reality” tv show about a lady who took a certain part of the bull and made a purse. She was trying to sell it in a pawn shop. We got to laughing (though writing it out, it doesn’t sound as amusing as it was at the time) and I couldn’t stop. My table companions kept making funny comments and I laughed so hard I cried.
It was a completely clean, yet kind of gross topic. To this day, all I have to do is ask a certain someone if she needs a new purse and I’m sure we both smile (at least I do).
I’m sure most, if not all, of you have heard the verse in Proverbs 17:22 about a cheerful heart being like good medicine. I have read that laughter strengthens the immune system among other benefits.
So, I’ll ask again…when was the last time you laughed until your belly hurt or tears came to your eyes?