Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.
Crossed arms leave you closed off to receiving God’s blessings, and incapable of being a blessing to others. Ever try walking, jogging, or running with your hands or arms interlocked? Eventually you WILL lose balance and you run the risk of falling flat on your face. Why purposely subject yourself to that pain?
Always keep your hands and arms open and free to receive and give. And not just your physical ones but your spiritual and mental ones. Our decision to be closed off is made so through two things: our feelings and our thoughts. Combined, you have to rule out the logic that supports openness, transparency, and vulnerability. A fool is not one who does it a few times in life. A fool is one who consistently makes this decision. They block themselves off to avoid feeling vulnerable and exposed.
Unfortunately, as only fools can, they fail to realize that by being closed off we are more prone to harm, being alone and lonely, and left exposed and vulnerable—all of which are the prime ingredients for the enemy to pounce and take you on a merry-go-round of sorrow. A wise person experiences this a few times and quickly realizes that they’ve made the wrong decision, and they move to realign to what’s right. A smart person will take longer than the wise person but not even close to as long as the fool. The smart person just isn’t processing the information fast enough and consistent enough to get the truth sooner. Once they do they act on it.
A fool on the other hand can hear and see the truth, where they’ve steered wrong, and still feel that it’s in their best interest to remain as-is. They fear the pain of labor, not realizing the greater pain and agony that comes from their recklessness. They expect something for nothing. In their minds the blessings should just come. Work is not an effort they are willing to invest in, and being open takes work. But ironically, so does closing yourself off. It takes work to keep those hands clasped, arms crossed, face stern, and unmovable. Just like a lie that requires you to recall the details precisely each time retold. Unlike the truth, a lie is exhausting. As is being the fool.
Great energy is exerted, whether you believe it or not. It is emotionally draining. It eventually becomes physically draining and all-consuming. It is the choice a fool makes. So God waits.
He has more time to wait than we do. He misses out on nothing waiting for you. What do you miss out on sitting idly by as the fool? What moments can you never recapture? What people will you never meet? Who has come and gone, never to return? What opportunities have passed you by? That reality is where the true pain lies. That is where wounds are created and left wide open. Life as a fool is excruciating.
God guides you through the experiences, helps you to see and embrace the lessons, provides you the truth, and through all of that you gain wisdom—to make better decisions and to share with others. What does a fool have to share? To anyone other than another fool, what is shared is what not to do and who not to be.
Fools flock together and then eventually turn on each other. That’s because there’s no harmony and peace in that space. Don’t choose to be a fool. Seek wisdom, the truth, experiences, and most importantly—seek God, and strengthening your relationship with Him.
I love you all.
Father, thank You for this day and the lessons that I will learn. Thank You for the experiences that will shape me into a better person. Father, never do I want to be closed off from You, closed off from knowledge and wisdom, and the right way to live my life. Father, I never want to be stubborn and set in my ways where I never consider and accept alternative avenues shared by other people to make the right decision, or to reach my goal. I don’t want to be the fool. Even when I do and say foolish things, I pray for clarity and discernment to learn the truth, and do better, so that I don’t repeat the things that I know displeases You.
Father, I never want to be stubborn and set in my ways where I never consider and accept alternative avenues shared by other people to make the right decision, or to reach my goal. I don’t want to be the fool. Even when I do and say foolish things, I pray for clarity and discernment to learn the truth, and do better, so that I don’t repeat the things that I know displeases You.
Lord I always want to have a “can do” attitude even in a situation that may at first and throughout the process seem impossible to complete, overcome, or achieve. I’m not a quitter Father, and You know this more than I do. Keep showing me the possibilities and potential that I have through You. Keep showing me how to reach out and connect to You, and that it’s not a burden on You when I do.
Please keep blessing me Lord. Keep my mind and heart receptive and open to You and the children that You send to help, challenge, inspire, and love me. In Jesus’ name I humbly and gratefully pray. Amen.
Copyright 2011-2020. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com