Posts Tagged ‘I Love Lucy’

The Day the Laughter Died

Jan 05

by Victoria Robinson

Some would say that April 26, 1989 is the day the laughter died. That is the day that the greatest comedienne of all time died. Lucille Ball who spent her life bringing laughter to millions was silenced. My dearest friend Cyndee and I have spent numerous hours laughing while watching I Love Lucy. Who could resist laughing as Lucy and Ethel frantically gobble handfuls of chocolate candy to hide their failure on their new job venture. What about that hilarious expression on Lucy’s face when her boss says, “Speed it up a little!”? But alas, our lives are not always filled with laughter. Life has a way of turning laughter into mourning.

The Bible gives us many examples of times the laughter died. One such was when Sarah had given birth to Isaac. On this joyous day she said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” Interestingly the name Isaac is Yitschaq in Hebrew which means “he laughs”. Yet, there would come a day when Sarah would find herself not laughing.  A great feast was held when Isaac was weaned. The truth is Sarah’s distress on this particular day was the result of sin. Sarah had refused to wait on the promise of God to have a child and took matters into her own hands. Subsequently Hagar gave birth to Abraham’s first son, Ishmael. At the feast, Sarah observed Ishmael mocking her son Isaac. Like any mother, this upset her.

Girlfriends, has your laughter died? There are many reasons we  find ourselves not laughing. One is quite simply sin. If this is why your laughter has ceased, then immediate repentance will bring joy to your heart and times of laughter to return.

 Another reason is that our heavenly Father allows difficulties to come into our life in order for His greater purposes to be accomplished. Such is the case of the many hardships Joseph had to endure in the book of Genesis. If this is the reason you have no laughter, then accepting God’s greater plan for your life will bring you joy. Last year in the short span of a week I had three friends lose their husbands. All these ladies have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives and have the comfort only He can provide. However, understandably this was a period in their lives with very little laughter.

The enemy of your soul also wants to steal your laughter. Sometimes he will even convince you of a lie. For instance, “God is not going to bring you through a difficult time.” The only way to prevent Satan from absconding with your laughter is shielding yourself with the Word. The book of Ephesians tells us to take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. The word faith in the original Greek is pistis which means conviction of the truth. The way to have conviction of the truth is to immerse yourself in the Word of God.

Laughter is an important gift our heavenly Father has given us. The Word of God tells us laughter can even bring healing to our bodies.
 
While we must recognize the truth that King Solomon told us so long ago—there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, let us examine our hearts to see if and why the laughter has died. If repentance is needed then, let us have a change of heart and watch the laughter return. If we are walking through divinely appointed hardships, let us rejoice in the fact that our heavenly Father knows what is best for us. If we are believing lies Satan is telling us, let us put on the shield of conviction of the truth of the Word of God.
 

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would allow the laughter to return to our hearts and enjoy the life God has chosen for us.

Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” ~ Genesis 21:5-10 NIV
 
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. ~ Genesis 50:19-20 NIV
  
So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to him. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Then when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, he will lift you up, encourage and help you. ~ James 7:7-10 TLB
 
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. ~ Ephesians 6:16 NIV
 
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:22 NIV
  

a time to weep and a time to laugh … ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV
 
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. ~ Proverbs 31:25 NIV
 
… Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. ~ Luke 6:21 NIV

A Laughing Matter

May 30

by Victoria Robinson

In one of the all-time classic I Love Lucy episodes, while the Ricardos and the Mertzes are traveling in Italy, Lucy is determined to land a role in the Italian movie, “Bitter Grapes.” As the mayhem ensues Lucy finds herself pretending to be an experienced grape stomper in order to research and bring realism to her role. Who can forget the hilarious images of Lucy and her fellow vineyard worker tussling in the purple staining grapes. While I have seen this episode more times than I can count, it never fails to make me laugh. Interestingly enough, in Bible times when grapes were being stomped, there was oftentimes great laughter and enjoyment. So it should be in our lives–there should be times of great laughter which will bring health to our bodies.

King Solomon wisely told us there are times to laugh and that a cheerful heart is good medicine. How about taking his advice and inviting some girlfriends over for some fun activities? My best friend and I have wonderful memories of watching I Love Lucy together, cracking up to the point of tears streaming down our cheeks. I have become her Lucy and she is my Ethel. Our laughter has brought so much happiness to our lives.

While we recognize the truth of laughter not being able to mask a heavy heart, taking a break from troubling times can be very refreshing. Perhaps you know someone who could benefit immensely if they could just enjoy some laughter. You could make a real difference in their circumstances by providing some fun times. Go and allow your heavenly Father to use you as His instrument of healing.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray God would send us all some times of laughter to brighten our faces and hearts.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. ~ Proverbs 17:22 NLT
 
We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the Lord has done for them.” Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy! ~ Psalm 126:2-3 NLT
  
Laughter cannot mask a heavy heart. When the laughter ends, the grief remains. ~ Proverbs 14:13 TLB
 
… a time to laugh … ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV

I’ve Got an Idea!

Dec 17

by Victoria Robinson

In the funniest television show ever produced, I Love Lucy, Lucy Ricardo has always got an idea which usually leads to comical trouble. In one episode, Lucy has just followed through on an idea to help Ricky that ended disastrously. Suddenly, Lucy says, “I have an idea!” To which her best friend Ethel responds,  “How can you stand there in the middle of all this mess and utter those four horrible words, ‘I’ve got an idea!’?” While Lucy was never short on ideas, she was also faithful to follow through to make them happen. This however was unfortunate as her ideas always ended badly. Hilarious, but badly none the less.

Have you got an idea? If so, have you followed through and implemented your idea? Hopefully your idea will turn out better than most of  Lucy’s. Determining whether an idea has merit can sometimes be difficult, yet there are certain things to consider. First and foremost, does your idea line up with the Word of God? If not, that eliminates it immediately.

One of my favorite Scriptures is found in the sixteenth chapter of Proverbs. It says, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” This does not infer that everything you endeavor to do will be successful, but rather you will have a successful outcome because God will direct you and help steer your direction. If your idea is wrong and you have committed it to God, He will make that clear to you through determining your steps and graciously help you avoid trouble. Conversely, if your idea is in line with God’s desires, success will follow.

Taking action on your idea is important. We can have all the faith that God is going to use the idea, but me must follow through. In the book of James we are told, “… faith without deeds is dead.” The apostle Paul saw the church in Corinth had a good idea regarding their giving, and yet he reminds them to not just be enthusiastic about the idea, but to take realistic action.

Dearest girlfriends, I want to encourage you to take the ideas you have, commit them to God, and see what wonderous things He wants to do though you!

… Let your enthusiastic idea at the start be equalled by your realistic action now. ~ 2 Corinthians 8:11 TLB 

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16:3 NIV
 
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:9 NIV
 
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. ~ James 2:26 NIV 
 
Dreaming all the time instead of working is foolishness. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:7 NLT

The Two Faces of You

Oct 29

by Victoria Robinson

In the classic television comedy I Love Lucy, there is an episode where Lucy is trying to play matchmaker by inviting a friend and her suitor to a romantic dinner. Her plan was to portray married life as idyllic.  As you can imagine, things go awry pretty fast. Little Ricky cried, the dinner burned, and Ricky decided to tell this poor suitor what marriage is really like. One of the things he tells this prospective husband is, “You would think that you would  know what your wife looks like  when you marry her. You got a big surprise coming to you my boy. They have a whole other face underneath the face you married. And it must be awful because they never let you see it. You know when they go to bed at night, they cover it all up with cold cream.”

In actuality most of us could certainly relate to Lucy, as we usually put on “another face” when we go out in public. Our other face is kept on our dressing table or wherever we keep our makeup. Unfortunately, we sometimes have two faces when it comes to our spiritual life. We act one way in certain places and totally different in other places. This is what is described in the book of James. The apostle James says that the people were using their tongue to praise God and also using it to curse men. Girlfriends, are you guilty of having two faces? Would you dare use the same words you speak during the week at church on Sunday? Do you use “salty” language when you are not at church and then use “fresh water” language at church? If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then remember He is known as the Living Water. When you read God’s Word, do you ever see “salty” language? Of course not! Dearest girlfriends, let us imitate our heavenly Father’s language and not use curse words, but instead words that bless those around us.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. ~ James 3:9-12 NIV
 
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. ~ Ephesians 5:4 NIV
  
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. ~ Colossians 3:8-10 NIV
 
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ~ Ephesians 4:29 NIV 
 
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. … ~ Ephesians 5:19 NIV
 
A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~ Proverbs 16:23-24 NIV
 
The tongue has the power of life and death … ~ Proverbs 18:21 NIV