Sunday, 28 August 2016

Laughter the best medicine?

Happiness is the key to living life according to many, the final arbiter when it comes to our decisions & aims, even at the expense of doing what is right. There is nothing wrong with happiness, we all enjoy it if we can, but that’s a pretty narrow & misguided aim for the realities of life.

That’s what I like about the book of Ecclesiastes. It sees the positives & negatives in life, it recognises the good & evil that has become our lot. Furthermore it tells us that our frustrations & sadness can actually be good for us. None of the evolutionary dogma that insists our woes are tied up in the struggle of apes coming out of the trees. None of the false hope that comes from earthly wealth & unjust gain. None of the Stoic individualism of heroism & the power of positive thinking. Ecclesiastes gives us the bigger picture with a spanning entirety.

Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. Eccl 7:3-6.

In the OT as in the New Testament, trusting in God & His grace & living by faith gives us a freedom that cannot be bought, an eternal wisdom to keep us safe in this fallen world.



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