Popular author and speaker Lisa Harper shares a hilarious story about her daughter Missy that happened on an airplane. Lisa uses the story to illustrate that laughter is a gift from a â€œhappy Godâ€ that we can unashamedly enjoy.
- A few weeks ago, Missyand I were flying home
from an event in Texas,we were flying back
to Nashville, Tennessee
when I noticed the flight attendant
was kind of trying to get my attention,
I was wearing headphones, so was Missy,
we were both watching iPads
but she was grin and pointing at Missy
and so, I looked down at Missy,
she was in the middle seatand noticed right away
she was absentmindedly rubbing my,
I wanna be careful sincethis is Christian television,
rubbing my upper right fluffy part
and I got really tickledbecause that's just normal
for little girls to be a little enamored
with their mama's fluffy parts
but then I realized asshe's kind of groping me,
she also saying something, Icould see her mouth moving.
So, I pulled my right headphone back
to hear what Missy wassaying and I pulled it back
just in time to hear my baby bellow,
mama, I just love your breast,
I just love your breast andI just burst out laughing.
I realized in that moment thatthe whole back of the plane
was laughing and of course,
that's why the flight attendant was trying
to get my attention.
Y'all, we laugh all the time in our house.
Sometimes it's over reallyembarrassing things like that.
Sometimes we just laugh
because we're worship dancing in the house
and if you could see me dance,
you would laugh too.
Laughter is something that we should see
a whole lot more I believe in the church.
I think we should seeso much more happiness
among followers of Christ
and do you know, it's a biblical emotion?
We've often been taught
that joy is the biblicalemotion and happy is not
but that's not biblically sound.
God actually describes himself as happy.
In First Timothy verse1:11 it's where Paul
is giving young Timothy a charge
and he's saying here's whatyou're called to do, Tim,
and he says, in accordancewith the glorious gospel
of the blessed God, withwhich I have been entrusted
and that sounds kindof plain until you read
between the lines and youknow the original Greek
of that verse.
When Paul says accordingto the glorious good news
of the blessed God, theword there we translate
into blessed in Greek is makarios
and it's just as theologically sound
to call makarios happy,that's the translation,
so basically God is saying,
I'm a good God and I'm a happy God.
He's not a uni-browed librarian, y'all.
God is happy,
what that means in the biblical context
is he is perfectly content
and he experiences deep joy.
I hope that changes yourstory just a little bit today.
The idea, the mental picture of a God
who loves you, a happy God who grins
when he sees you coming.