My great friend and colleague Rev. Temple Hayes at First Unity of St. Petersburg has taught me many powerful lessons about ministy and life. One of those axioms is this: if we wait for everything to be perfect, we'll never start anything. In other words, jump in!
When the psalmist wrote in Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it," I don't think he (or she!) had in mind April Fool's Day. Yet here it is, April 1st and the pranks are sure to abound. Is there a spiritual value to this day of pitfalls and practical jokes? Most certainly - April Fool's Day reminds us not too take ourselves so seriously. Being able to laugh at ourselves is a true gift we can give ourselves. It's served me in good stead, that's for sure!