Articles for Successful Living
When I was a teen, my Dad pastored a church in Greenville, Alabama. We had a praise and worship leader by the name of Artist, who was 100% sanguine – a jovial people-person. We enjoyed Sunday night fellowships after church at the local Dairy Queen with Artist. He was always a camp meeting all by himself, causing us all to laugh. One Sunday night, he brought with him a “giggle-box” for after service entertainment. He put it in his suit jacket and laid it upon the front pew. At the end of my Dad’s sermon, he had an altar call. I moved forward to help my Dad pray with the people who responded, as was my custom. After seeing my assistance was not necessary, I sat down on the front pew and unwittingly leaned back on the giggle-box! Not knowing that it was concealed in the jacket next to me, I kept moving around, hitting it time and time again. Before I knew it, ushers were scrambling to find and silence the disturbance. As a result, the whole congregation was soon laughing uncontrollable belly laughs. Amazingly, the folks who attended reported that oppression, depression and even physical pain was alleviated in that Sunday night service! God’s word is true when it says a merry heart does good like a medicine!
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22