A man took his seat on an airplane and was surprised to find himself seated beside of a parrot.

Once they got in the air, the man asked the flight attendant for a cup of coffee.

The parrot squawked, “And get me a soda, NOW!”

The flustered flight attendant came back immediately with a can of soda.

No coffee.

The man said, “Um, could I please get that cup of coffee?” The parrot yelled, “And get me another soda, you slowpoke!”

Again, the flight attendant, visibly shaken, returned with another soda. But still no coffee.

The man decided to use the parrot’s approach. He yelled at the flight attendant: “I have asked you twice for a cup of coffee.

Now, go and get it THIS MINUTE or I’ll really make a scene.”

The flight attendant had all she could take. She pushed the man and parrot out of an emergency exit.

Hurtling downward to the ground, the parrot looked at the man and said, You know, for someone who cant fly, you complain too much!”

That can be a problem in our lives - too much complaining, not enough laughing!

One of the most important life skills you can develop is the ability to laugh. In light of the sin, pain and chaos of this world, it's one of the few secret weapons we who know God have.

Think with me of the different kinds of laughter:

Cruel laughter - Derisive laughter that comes at someone else’s pain.

Polite laughter - When you’re with your boss, and he says something that is supposed to be funny but really isn’t. Or when students laugh at a professors sad attempt of humor. Or when people in church laugh at their pastors corny jokes.

Contagious laughter - You’re with a group of friends, one person tells a joke that gets another person laughing, that follows to another, and so on. Laughing catches.

Nervous laughter - When you’re laughing in a place where you shouldn’t be. At a funeral. In a serious meeting. Something makes you laugh. But you know you shouldn’t laugh. The more you hold the laughter back, the more you want to laugh.

Belly laughter - Something is truly hilarious and we find ourselves clutching our bellies and gasping for air. You may start to snort. 25 percent of women, 33 percent of men snort when they laugh. We all knew the kid in elementary school who blew milk out his nose when you were cracking jokes in the cafeteria.

That belly laughter is what Abraham was experiencing in Genesis 17:17:

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 

Why? Because he was absolutely astonished that God was going to give him a son.

God will do things that will astonish you.

Give yourself to Him. Your plans. Your desires. Your gifts. Your abilities. Your thoughts. Your relationships. Put it all in His hands and say, “God do whatever you want to do in my life.” And He’ll amaze you.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!