Foolishness can be observed in various forms all around us, even in our own personal lives. In some forms foolishness is basically just harmless fun, as long as it is not carried too far. Everybody needs to take some time to relax, have some fun, as my parents used to put it, cut up a little. As long as it is kept in proper perspective, with no harm being done, that kind of foolishness can actually be productive, having a rejuvenating effect and contributing to having a good time without negative consequences.
Many passages of scripture speak of God’s love for mankind. Jesus stated, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” ( Jn. 3:16 ). Paul wrote, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” ( Rom. 5:8 ). John also wrote, “In this is love , not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” ( 1 Jn. 4:10 ). What God did, in sacrificing “His only begotten Son,” was certainly a supreme act of love.
The greatest gift that has ever been given is salvation through Jesus Christ. Paul wrote of this gift in his letter to the Romans. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” ( Rom. 6:23 ). In his letter to the Ephesians Paul stated, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;it is the gift of God ,” ( Eph. 2:8 ). The Hebrews letter calls it “the heavenly gift” ( Heb. 6:4 ).
The face of our culture is changing before our eyes. The evidence of this fact can be observed by looking in a number of different directions. Space will not permit journeying down all of those tracks in this article. But computerized technology may be the biggest influence affecting and shaping much of the change. It seems that only our imaginations limit us as to what continued changes lay ahead.
Would you like to change your life? A great many people would. There are many specific areas in which people would like to see their lives change. Many would like to become more secure financially. Others would like to change jobs or careers. Some would like to improve their educational status. Many people have serious relational difficulties they would like to change. A great many are trapped in the despair of some addiction they would like to overcome. Some have a self-image problem they would like to improve. The list goes on and on…
Gary L. Hutchens