He will… fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy. – Job 8:21

There’s nothing like a sense of humour for getting through the tough times.  Doctors say laughter is like ‘internal jogging’ it’s good for you.  It actually widens your arteries, de-stresses your heart and strengthens your immune system, enabling it to fight off disease. The Bible agrees, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Pr 17:22).

A positive attitude will bring you more favour and co-operation than a negative one. When you keep adding to the heat and confusion of a crisis, people lose respect for your ability to handle things under pressure.  But if you stay cool and maintain your sense of humour when things are falling apart, they’ll show their appreciation in better work and increased loyalty.

Jesus said, “The thief comes… to steal and… destroy; I have come that they may have life” (Jn 10:10 NIV). Don’t let Satan steal your joy!  Sure, some problems are serious, but you gain nothing by exaggerating their importance or dwelling on the bleak side of things. Instead, put the problem into God’s hands and watch the results you get! Job says, “He will… fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”  Remember Job? And his wife? If he could say that after  everything he’d been though – surely you can too!

Listen: “A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day” (Pr 15:13 TM). You can find something to smile about in almost any situation – when you know who’s on your side!