June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching.
Fool: Silly or stupid person
Silly: having or showing little sense or judgment
Stupid: lacking normal intelligence
I have been characterized as having been a fool several times in my life. I have had or showed little sense in relationships. I have exercised poor judgement in financial matters and have lacked normal intelligence in my decision making. More often than not, my foolish behavior has led to heartache, financial crisis, sorrow, and regret. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. Many of us have at one time been a fool for someone or something.
“…We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ…” (1st. Corinthians 4:10a NIV)
The Bible calls us to be fools for Christ. When we are a fool for someone or something, we put our destiny in their hands. We totally surrender our will to its will. In a few of my relationships, I have been the fool. I went against my better judgment or what I knew to be right for someone else. When I made that decision, it was with the hope they would do what I wanted or needed in return, having faith it would happen but having no guarantee. I was always left hurt and disappointed. People will always disappoint you when you surrender all to them because they are NOT GOD!! God never called us to be fools for people or things because He knew our many flaws.
“…We are weak but you are strong. You are honored, we are dishonored!” (1st Corinthians 4:10b NIV)
We are to be fools for Christ because only when we surrender all, is His glory revealed. It is safe to depend on God for everything. Unlike man, He will never disappoint you. Unlike man, God will never break your heart, lead you to financial ruin, shame, regret, or condemnation.
“…But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise…” (1st Corinthians 1:27 NIV)
What the world considers to be foolish: total forgiveness, unconditional love, showing mercy to your enemies, tithing and giving etc. God uses to bless those who choose to turn away from the so-called “wisdom” of this world and be considered “fools” for Christ.
Thank You for giving me an opportunity to be totally dependent on you. Thank you for never disappointing me. Thank You that everything works together for my good, because I love You and am called according to Your purpose. Lord, please forgive me for the times I put others before You and chose earthly wisdom over divine wisdom. Forgive me for the times I’ve been a fool for others and hurt You. Help me to be consistent in my complete surrender and dependence on You. I pray that Your perfect will be done in every area of my life. I fully submit to Your guidance and Your direction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to be a “fool” for Christ. Strive to give to Him without exception, love Him without condition, submit to Him without question EVERY DAY! The joy and peace you have will far outweigh any goosebumps or feeling you ever have had for a man or anything else.
As you transition from being a fool for other people to being a fool for Christ enjoy “A Fool For You” by Cee Lo Green featuring Melanie Fiona:
Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, Illinois. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”