As my kids were turning the calendar in their morning notebooks, my daughter noticed on the calendar “April Fools” notated and questioned me about it.
No one really knows where the exact origin of April Fools came from. Some say it was from the swapping of the calendar from Julian to Gregorian because those that did not get the memo were celebrating the turn of the year in April and did not realize it had been already the new year for a few months.
You can read about some of that history here.
I explained to her that it is a day when people all over play tricks on each other, making them feel foolish, and that we would not be participating or celebrating it.
(I also told her that just because someone printed it on the calendar did not mean it was something we had to follow.)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Eph. 4:29
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. Rom. 14:19
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Prov. 13:20
When I was a kid, we loved this day. We played jokes from fake spiders and scorpions on the wall, to my best friend telling me she was moving away.
When I first lived on my own, we took it to EXTREMES. A friend and I staged an elaborate hoax that I was a German assassin sent to target officials. We set up a whole ruse and even got the Apartment security guard to bust in the room to “apprehend” me. While in the moment it seemed fun and games- our friends were seriously shaken up during all of it, and I can only imagine the neighbors that saw us brandishing a fake gun and shouting at each other in the parking lot were scared and pretty close to calling the police on us.
And then my friends were so mad they retaliated by stealing my keys and moving my truck, leading me to believe it had been stolen.
I know what people are probably thinking, “what’s the harm in a little bit of practical joking?”
Some of you may be thinking that sounds like a really good joke. And at the time, and for years after, I agreed!
But as I got closer to God, I realized the harm and danger in a bit of “lying”. I think back on what that “fun and games retaliation” could have led to and the trouble it could have caused.
I think of the boy who cried wolf for one; no one believed him when he was in actual danger.
Then I think of the seed of doubt that can be placed in the hearts and minds of people that are the ones at the butt end of these jokes.
And I think of how it feels to be called a fool.
I spent my life arguing until the other person gave up because I did not like to be wrong. I did not like to look like a fool or to look like I was an idiot, for lack of a better term. So I argued my case, stood firm and refused to let anyone tell me I was wrong. I did not put myself in positions to be made a fool. I became a skeptic of everything and everyone.
WHY then, would I choose to make someone else feel that way for the sake of a marking on a calendar and for a one-sided laugh?
Why would I want to create skepticism?
Our church ministry is founded on pillars we call the 5 E’s and 3 Cs.
One of those Es is Edification or Edifying.
Edifying is defined as :
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Prov. 17:22
I love my friends and family too much to make fun of them or play pranks on them that would leave them irritated, feeling foolish or naive.
So today, I will not be participating in April Fool’s Day.
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” Psa. 14:1
I am no fool.
You are no fool.
You are beautifully and wonderfully made.