“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ” (Psalm 14:1)
No one knows for sure the exact origins of April Fools' Day, but one story I found most often cited dates back to the time of the Julian calendar when the beginning of the new year was celebrated on April 1. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian calendar, and the first day of the new year changed to January 1. Many people either refused to acknowledge this change or were not aware of it and continued celebrating the new year on April 1. These people were called fools, regarded as "backwards" and were the subject of tricks and practical jokes.
Plenty of people see the time as an excuse to have fun at the expense of others, whether by playing pranks. Jokes can be quite elaborate, oftentimes including one or more people to pull a single prank on an unsuspecting individual. Pranks have also been pulled on the public by the mass media just like the popular weekly TV shows of "Yari Ka" segment in Bitoy's Funniest Video and "Just Kikay" of "Nuts Entertainment" of GMA Kapuso Network. Some might wonder who the fools really are on this day, as occasionally the pranksters appear more foolish than the victims. This light hearted time of year allows for many, the opportunity to take a break from the serious side of life.
Now, you should be on your guard more so at the time than any other time of the year. I hope you get to pull off a good April Fools’ joke today. In fact, you may even have a good-natured laugh at having one pulled on you. But, while all that is going on, don’t forget to honor God’s will and ways in your heart. Life is too short and too serious to live it as a fool!
As Mark Twain said,
"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other three hundred and sixty-four days of the year".
But always remember that humility before God and man is essential, sometimes we must become foolish in our own eyes to be wise.
“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He catches the wise in their own craftiness; and again, The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile. Therefore let no one boast in men” (1 Cor. 3:18-21).
"It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom" (Proverbs 10:23)