It’s April Fools’ Day, But You Don’t Have to be One

Martha’s grandmother pulled off the greatest April Fools’ joke ever for me.

When Martha and I dated, her grandmother lived with them.

She was a somber woman who rarely spoke and didn’t seem remotely concerned about April Fools’ Day. I suppose that’s what made it work so well.

On April Fools’ Day, I came by Martha’s house. We were on our way somewhere and I dropped in for a few minutes before we were scheduled to leave.

On the kitchen table sat a plate full of freshly prepared fried pies. If you are unfamiliar with this delicacy, fried pies are hand sized pieces of fried flour filled with some kind of fruit. As a kid my favorite was simply filled with sugar and cinnamon.

I loved (and love) fried pies. Martha immediately picked up a pie and offered for me to take a bite. I did and nothing happened. I bit harder. Nothing happened. I twisted the pie with my teeth and still nothing happened. I couldn’t imagine what had occurred.

I was embarrassed, and Martha’s grandmother was laughing her head off.

Martha’s grandmother had filled the pie with cotton. It was impossible to bite, much less to chew.

I hope you have fun today, mostly laughing at yourself.

We all need to remember it’s April Fools’ Day, but more than that we need to know we don’t have to be a fool.

In the sense the Bible uses the word “fool,” there is nothing worse in life.

In Scripture, the fool is the person who is wise in the ways of the world but foolish in his understanding of God. It is the fool who says, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

The fool lives life to the fullest but leaves God out of his life. The fool makes decisions but without God’s direction.

The fool says, “Take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry” (Luke 12:19).

How tragic to have so much and in reality to have nothing.

Let us be a people who say in our hearts, “Thou art my God.”

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