Experience outrageous joy
Chuck Swindoll asks,
How is your sense of humor? Are the times in which we live beginning to be reflected in your attitude, your face, your outlook? Solomon . . . says three things will occur when we have lost our sense of humor: a broken spirit, a lack of inner healing, and dried-up bones [Proverbs 15:13, 15; 17:22]. What a barren portrait! . . . Humor is not a sin. It is a God-given escape hatch . . . a safety valve. Being able to see the lighter side of life is a rare, vital virtue.¹
A refreshing sense of humor is never distasteful, ill-timed, or tactless. Instead, it lightens our spirits and energizes our thoughts. It helps us step back and not take this fleeting life quite so seriously.
“Three tests of good humor: Can you laugh at your own mistakes? Can you restrain when it isn’t fitting? Can you enjoy it all alone?”² If you can’t yet answer yes to these questions, we invite you to enjoy these resources. You may feel your strained muscles relax as your troubled thoughts are chased away by good old-fashioned laughter.
- Charles R. Swindoll, The Finishing Touch: Becoming God’s Masterpiece (Dallas: Word, 1994), 220.
- Charles R. Swindoll, Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1998), 283.
Laugh Again: Experience Outrageous Joy
“What did Jonah say when he was swallowed by the great fish?” Okay, the Bible isn’t a joke book. However, that doesn’t mean God’s Word isn’t full of humor and joy. In fact, Chuck Swindoll points out that Philippians is one of the most joy-filled books in the Bible. Learn More
"Set Your Sails for Joy" from the series How Great Is Our God!
(Philippians 1:1-11)Do you know someone who makes you smile whenever you think of him or her? If so, then you’ll identify with Paul’s opening words to the Philippian Christians. Though distance separated them, nothing could dislodge his joyful memories of them.
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Laughter, Volume 3: Chuck’s Formula for Family Fun
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As you listen to this single CD, you will catch the contagious joy-bug from Chuck Swindoll as he delights and reflects on family life in his fun illustrations and stories, based mostly on his own family life that spans generations.