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I don’t want to be a fool any longer

I remember growing up watching and listening to Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and Flip Wilson. There material was so original and captivating that I would spend hours memorizing and emulating their characters. My friends and I would portray these actors and comics and have people laughing “their socks off.”

But one thing I didn’t realize as a child was that these guys were acting and this wasn’t really how they conducted themselves on a day to day basis.

So as I got older, I would see the difference between playing (joking) at times and being a fool continually. That seemed to be ok as a child, but not as an adult!

The origin of April Fool's Day remains clouded in obscurity. Basically no one knows exactly where, when, why, or how the celebration began. What we do know is that references to 'All Fool's Day' (what it was first called) began to appear in Europe during the late Middle Ages.

All Fool's Day was a folk celebration and elite participation in it was minimal (which is why it's so difficult to trace the exact origin of the day, because the people celebrating it back then weren't the kind of people who kept records of what they did).

But what is clear is that the tradition of a day devoted to foolery has ancient roots.

I pray the saints of God (Christians) understand that the lives we are living are suppose to be under the power of the Holy Ghost; but are being lived foolishly at best:

  • High divorce rate

  • Children out of wedlock

  • Church hoping like window shopping at the mall

  • Filthy mouths, language, and thoughts

  • Robbing God in our giving like taking fruit/bin nuts at the grocery store (nobody will see me or catch me/ they don’t care about this little bit)

What can we do, so that we aren’t so foolish in the future? ASK God for help! If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

For if we don’t ask God for help, we will continue to do the same things that you promised to stop doing a long time ago. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. Romans 7:15

Animals need a leash to control them; the Spirit of God should lead us. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than. Prov 26:11-2

It’s ok for a child to act silly (foolish, ridiculous, stupid), but society grows tired when it’s an adult acting like they have no sense. We laugh at kids acting silly. We frown and shake our heads at adults. What age are you??

Think about it,

Pastor Smith

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