Wisdom Wednesday: Good Medicine

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Two summers ago I had a bicycle crash and busted my collar bone into five pieces. I was really surprised that it hurt a lot less than I expected. Yet I knew that I couldn’t leave it in pieces; surgery was in my future.

It wasn’t long after I woke up from the anesthesia that it was obvious that the cure was worse than the disease. The pain was incredible! But the medicine was pretty good.

Sometimes we need to experience something physically before we can truly appreciate related spiritual truths. Recently I had a meal with my parents and my sister’s family. One of us had one of those “duh!” moments that had us laughing to the point of running out of breath. Given my Father’s health, we desperately needed a good laugh!

I suppose that our verse was the origin of the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” And like the pain meds after my surgery, the dose of laughter that night was “just what the doctor ordered.”

When life is getting stressful and you begin to feel overwhelmed, try to find (or make) a bit of laughter. It will be good for your stress level, good for your health, and above all, good for your spirit.

Blessings on your day!

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