“Stop laughing.” That occasionally has to be said in a home with five boys under 15, but we try and avoid it. Sometimes Dad is preaching (and he’s not being funny), so it’s not time to laugh. And sometimes Mom is correcting you (and she’s not being funny), so, again, it’s not time to laugh.
But most times are a time to laugh. Not because people or things are funny, but because God is good and loves us, which makes us cheerful, and cheerfulness has a very short fuse. This is how the Israelites’ mouths were “filled with laughter” after the “Lord restored the fortunes of Zion” (Psalm 126:1-2).