40acts: Act 23 – Grin

Huh? What? Grin? Erm….it’s April Fools Day in the U.K….is this for real?

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Laughter is the best medicine – it even says so in the Bible (Proverbs 17:22). How often do we see it as a gift to be given? Whether think you’re a comedian or not, share something today that will make someone smile.-Tom Lister

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“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.”
(1 John 3:18 NIV)

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Today’s Options

Only one option today:

It’s April Fool’s day but forget the mean practical jokes – your aim is to make everyone around you laugh or smile today.

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What is April Fool’s Day?

The 1st of April is April Fools’ Day in the U.K. (and in other parts of the world it is also celebrated). It is a time when pranks and practical jokes are played on people before midday. Newspapers run fake hoax stories and TV run programs trying to fool people. The trick is trying to spot the pranks from the reality. People who fall for the pranks and hoaxes are called “April Fools”. Newspapers reveal the following day which stories were hoaxes. A person playing a hoax after midday is the “April Fool” themselves.

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What did I do?

I shared some of my Bible Study notes with a few people today as they made me giggle. I’m in the middle of Beth Moore’s study called ‘Breaking Free’. Week 6, Day 3 to be precise, on ‘to be beautiful’. This is the extract:

The enemy is an expert archer with lots of practice aiming fiery darts. For women often the bullseye is childhood dreams or expectations. We grew up believing in Cinderella, yet some of us feel as if our palace turned out to be a duplex, our prince turned out to be a frog, and the wicked stepmother turned out to be our mother in law. Our fairy godmother apparently lost our addresses. Anyway, what we’d like to do to her with that wand of hers might not be pretty.

It made my friends laugh too.

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Then the next thing I did was going to be delivered a day late but I arranged it today. This post is being delayed to help with the surprise too – as the recipient follows my blog and would have seen in advance what I was arranging for her.

I didn’t play a prank but I planned to bring a smile to someone’s face.

My friend is an amazing multi tasker and always busy with practical helpful things in and around church and the community. A real doer rather than complainer. She she’s a problem and does something about it. She’s actively involved in groups in the community and volunteers her time between teaching and being a wife and mother to two young children as well as being very active with practical things in church. (We need doers as well as prayers.)

She’s also standing as an Independent Candidate in the local elections (not the new group, but an actual independent, free from party politics). Like most of us she is fed up with party politics getting in the way of decisions that would benefit the community better. So, in typical fashion, she is doing something about it and standing as a candidate. This is a brave decision. She has no party backing her. She is not experienced in politics. She has to do everything herself and relies on volunteers to help. It’s a mammoth task that can feel overwhelming.

She was feeling overwhelmed today and to encourage her and make her smile I arranged for flowers and a small gift to be delivered. A small thing to lift her spirits and put a smile on her face when she receives them.

I also encouraged her with the verse that so encouraged me the other day:

Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘do not fear; I will help you.'”

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