by John Michalak
Don’t love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isn’t the Father’s, but is the world’s.
1 John 2:15-16
Some people enjoy April Fool’s Day. Some people don’t.
On this day that celebrates the chance to fool someone into believing a falsehood, your coworker may play a friendly prank on you. Newspapers with strong reputations for truth-telling may print headlines that sound like they might be true, but aren’t.
While sometimes funny, most of us don’t like being played for a fool. It’s embarrassing. We should know better. But, when we love the things of the world more than the things of God, every day, sadly enough, can become April Fool’s Day.
But still, if we trade our lust of the flesh and eyes for a life built on worship, service, and compassion; if we forego “getting ahead” through selfish acts, but instead lay down our pride for a heart of humility—the world is going to call us foolish anyway.
No one likes to feel the fool. But it’s never foolish to be a fool in love—in love with the supernatural wisdom of God. A wisdom the world does not know…but desperately needs to.