God’s Word for Today: Fool
2 Corinthians 11:16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.
On this special day of April Fools, we must address being a fool. I distinctly recall one April Fools in my childhood that would be considered almost award winning. It was a classic. Especially considering I was 14 years old and just ignorant enough to think I was smart enough, to take on the world.
Imagine that, 8th grade. One step away from all out awesome High School. Perfect setup to be a fool. I had already proved my foolishness a couple of times that year. Not just, stay after school long enough to miss the bus type (although, one of those was included too, different story), but more the Principal contacting the parents type trouble, and penalties/restitution enforced. I was just one of several trouble makers, but I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be an integral part of the Club of Teenage Fools. I was doing a good job of it.
That particular April Fools, I called mom (can still picture the phone in the 8th grade classroom I used, rotary desk top type). I believe it was over Lunch Period. I simply called her and said, “Mom, I am sorry, but I am in trouble again. Pretty serious this time. Mr. Joseph [school principal] will be contacting you with the details.” Of course, Mom had some questions. I was trying so hard not to laugh, that to Mom, I sounded like I was on the verge of tears. I told her that when I got home, I would explain more. Perfect setup! Maybe……
I beat Mom home that day. She had a meeting at the school that afternoon. A meeting that involved Mr. Joseph. Mom was distracted the whole time just waiting for our School Principal to come and discuss the latest trouble her youngest son had gotten into. She was surprised he didn’t bring up the subject. I was very lucky she didn’t ask him.
As soon as Mom got home, she came in search of me. I do recall the look of concern on Mom’s face. I also painfully recall the look of love she had for me too. Her first words were, “Well, now what Terry Alan?” I went from a pretend look of shame and fear to an instant huge smile. My plan had worked. “April Fools” I exclaimed. Classic.
I was then educated a little more by my mother. She appreciated my thought, execution, and deliverance of a good April Fools prank. Then, she gently slammed a thought into my head about how my previous foolish mistakes had led her to believe I was still on the destructive path. I had a reputation. It was not a good reputation. I was already labeled a Fool. An April Fools that made me look close at myself. I no longer was a trouble maker at school.
Sometimes I feel that writing these God’s Word for Today is a foolish act. I think of the many mistakes and wrong paths I have taken in my life, and consider that I am not even close to being qualified to have anything to do with God’s Word. The powers of Evil in this world try really hard to convince me that I am still a fool and will always be viewed as a fool. If that is so, please read today’s Scripture again.
Today, I will keep it simple. You have an April Fools choice. Remain a fool and follow everything wrong with this world. Or, put the Fools behind you, reach out to God, and follow Him……………….
Prayer: Dear Lord, my creator and my deliverer. Thank you for giving me free will. Forgive me for the times I have used that free will to be a fool. Today, I pray that you and I together can put this fool thing behind us. Replace fool with love, wisdom, peace, and everlasting life. In Jesus’, who never considered anyone a permanent fool, name I pray. Amen and amen.