Have a laugh!

It was my 23rd birthday. My Mum, Dad, brother, sister, and I grabbed a bag of props and headed to a nearby Walmart. This Walmart had a photography studio where you could pay to have a series of portraits taken. These are the photos we took in their studio that day:

 

We had such a laugh! 

 
I think one of my favourite things about it was seeing my parents get so into it! My parents have always had an amazing sense of humor, and thankfully so does my husband! One of his favourite things to do is dress up with our kids, put on silly voices, and play funny games. I’m not sure who likes it more, the kids involved, or me watching! How great it is to forget ourselves, forget our “grownup problems”, and just have a good laugh! I bet God loves it too! 
 
I used to be a very, very serious kid… one day my grandfather, being a school principal and recognizing that I was overly analytical and much preferred logic and academics, decided to explain jokes to me in a very academic way. Apparently that helped, and after that day, I tried making jokes… I can only imagine how horrendous they were.
 
When I came to know Christ, one of the things I discovered was a sense of humour! I’m still pretty bad at jokes, but I actually started to relax and have a good laugh about things! I soon discovered that God must have a sense of humour too… just look at some of the things he created! Baboons, otters, birds that can imitate us, dolphins, animal courtship dances, I’ve had a good laugh at some of those on nature programs! 
 
One of things my Dad once told me was “if you notice yourself starting to lose your sense of humour, it’s probably because you’re taking yourself too seriously!” I’ve never had trouble with being serious about things… especially when there are things to be serious about! But I’m slowly learning the difference between being serious about something and taking myself too seriously.
 
I love this verse in Ecclesiastes 3: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to weep and a time to laugh…” I guess we shouldn’t go about laughing all the time, and there are definitely jokes and types of humour that we shouldn’t be laughing at… but when it is time to laugh, just let go and really enjoy it!