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February 1, 2008


Once upon a time there was a righteous and wise king whose heart was pure before his God, and the Lord’s hand of blessing was upon him so much so that He gave unto him the stewardship of a new and blessed territory. To the king was given the commission to occupy and to reap all that it contained for his people. As the king sought unto the Lord seeking His guidance, he was impressed by the Spirit to send four of his
most faithful servants to survey and explore the new land and to report their findings unto the king and unto the people.

As the king searched the land throughout his kingdom to find four worthy of such commissioning, he was led to choose one who saw by the Spirit of the Lord, one who heard by the Spirit, one who spoke by the Spirit and one who walked in the Spirit. For the wise king knew that in them would be no competition, nor any conflict, and each would present a divergent perspective that would congruently fit into a complete report. As the four went forth, each one did according to his particular talent; one watched, one listened, one wrote and the other walked, according to what the Spirit of the Lord led them to learn and great was the reward of their efforts in behalf of the king and his people. At their return all in the kingdom came to understand all that was contained in the new territory. The King said unto the four at the end of their report, “Since thou were faithful in thy task and ye have done a great service unto Me and for our people, forever shall ye be remembered in My kingdom and our people should learn of thy selfless service so that others might seek to follow likewise.”

Christ is the wise King who chooses us according to His wisdom and places us where we can be most effective in His service. If we employ the talent given us, together with the talents of His other chosen in unity, then we shall be found of a good report and our works shall endure eternally to the positive advancement of His Kingdom unto ourselves and all others around us.

As it has been said before; “Let not the left hands know what the right hand is doing: until they come together in unison and clap together unto the glory of God. One is not above or below another, but all, if faithful unto that which they have been given, make the body complete. For in the body there are those who see, those who hear, those who speak and those who walk; all according to the same Spirit, thus is the body unified and all the watchmen are of the same mind. Our Head hears the report of all with equal attention and considers not one to be of more value than another in the final report. Selah!

Laughter is the best medicine; along with your consistent exercise routine.

The benefits of a belly laugh

No matter why you are giggling, studies have shown that a laugh will do you good. Laughter helps you deal with a variety of maladies including the stress of daily life. The benefit of laughter on your health is no joke. A sense of humor can\’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the things that laughter can do.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn\’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body, beginning with your face.

Laughter can:
Stimulate your organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
Activate your stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and increases your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
Soothe tension and tummy aches. Laughter can ease digestion and stimulate circulation which helps reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn\’t only good for a quick pick-me-up, it\’s also good for you over the long haul.

Laughter may:
Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and by decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses.
Relieve pain. Research increasingly shows that laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural pain killers.
Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make difficult situations a little bit easier.

How to have or gain a sense of humor

Are you afraid you have an underdeveloped or nonexistent funny bone? Developing or refining your own particular sense of humor may be easier than you think.
Put humor on your horizon. Find a few simple items, such as photos or comic strips that elicit a chuckle from you or others. Then hang them at home, in your office or even on the visor of your car.
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Develop a sense of humor about your own situation, and watch your stress begin to fade away.
Think positive. Look for the positive or the humorous in every situation, and surround yourself with others who do the same.
Knock-knock. Browse through your local bookstore or library\’s selection of joke books to get a few rib-ticklers in your repertoire that you can share with friends.

Laughter is the best medicine

Go ahead and try it. Turn the corners of your mouth up into a smile and then give a laugh, even if it feels a little forced. Once you\’ve had your hearty chuckle, take stock of how you feel. Are your muscles a little less tense? Do you feel more relaxed or buoyant? That\’s the natural wonder of laughter at work.


Sarah Van Camp, Regional Director
3317 Plaza Way
Waldorf, MD 20603

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