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On April 1, 1957 the British news show Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.” The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the show’s highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The segment concluded with the assurance that, “For those who love this dish, there’s nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti.” The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

I think that April Fools prank is splendidly wonderful!  While the goal of an April Fools prank is to “get” somebody, and make them look silly and, well, foolish.  The bible talks about a different kind of a fool.  This fool has not been “pranked”, but chooses to live their life as if there is no God.  Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool says in his heart there is no God.”  Now while this might draw your mindís attention to someone who is vile and mean-spirited, be careful to examine your own heart to make sure that you are not living as a “practical atheist”.  A “practical atheist” is like the fool in Psalm 14:1.  This person may not be involved in the kind of wicked behavior that relate to someone who is godless, however, he/she lives their life benignly and safely.  Their daily course of life does not require trust in God.  There are few risks being taken, few sacrifices being made.  This is not how God meant for his children to live when He saves us.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that our hope is not for this life alone.  Our Savior has been resurrected (Happy Easter!) so our hope rests not in Him for this life only, but on into the next.  If for this life only we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.(1 Cor. 15:19)  We are fools if we are living our lives for today only and not living our lives for eternity.  Because I have trusted in Christ, and have been chosen to follow Him, I live for eternity.  I will risk all, to please Him.  I will not be discouraged when the world hates me because it hated Him first.  I will seek not win the approval of men, but I will live to hear my Father in Heaven say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”(Matthew 25:21)

Let us choose to live faithfully as if this world is not our home, not foolishly as if this is all there is.

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