You can’t help but laugh
by Noah Hefley
January 22, 2022
You know I love words. Always have and always will. I like to think about words, play with words and enjoy a good play on words. Words can be fun to me, which sometimes brings out a pun from me. For that you may have to pardon me lest I be sent to a punitentiary.Speaking of words, English makes for an especially funny language. Someone wrote: English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; a pineapple is neither a pine nor an apple. Quicksand works slowly and boxing rings are square. People recite at plays and play at recitals. We ship cargo not by cars but by trucks and send cargo by ship. We park on driveways and drive on parkways. We have noses that run and feet that smell. How can a fat chance and a slim chance be the same, while a wise guy and a wise man are opposites? You fill in a form by filling it out; and alarms go off by going on. When the stars are out they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible. How can flammable and inflammable mean the same thing? And when a car slows up, it slows down? Finally, I’ve got a question for you: if a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? English is a language for the verbally insane.
That’s funny! Admit it—you can’t help but laugh at our use of words in life. And really that’s not a bad thing, is it? Scripture teaches us “Laughter (a cheerful heart) is good medicine…” (Proverbs 17:22). The psalmist also endorsed it, “Our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy” (Psalm 126:2). Also, I love what Abraham’s wife, Sarah, said, “God has made me laugh, so that all who hear will laugh with me” (Genesis 21:6).
A good blog, like a sharpened pencil, ought to make a point. So here’s my point: For me it’s words, for you it may be something else—whatever helps you to laugh is doing you a big favor. It’s true! Laughter makes us healthier! Someone said, “Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper—it doesn’t solve any problems permanently, but it makes things more acceptable for awhile.”So never let a day go by without finding some reason for laughter. If you will practice this, life will go better and you will be healthier. Somebody once said, “He who laughs, lasts!” May it be so for you!
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