Fool’s Provocation

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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 12:1-14:11, Hebrews 7:1-17, Psalm 105:37-45,Proverbs 27:3

Daily Verse: “A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.” Prov. 27:3

Fool’s provocation.

Mental exhaustion feels different than physical tiredness. I never understood how tired thinking could make me feel until I became a writer. After sitting all day, studying, and writing, I feel physically and mentally drained. But physical tiredness doesn’t make me mentally tired; it usually renews my mind. I never thought mental work would tire me out more than physical exhaustion.

Unloading bricks from my dad’s cabbed truck as a child, I still remember the back ache from bending over for those few minutes carrying the cubes to the tailgate. But I also remember my pride for the work and my dad’s compliments for a job well done.

On the other hand, the mental tiredness I get from dealing with some people in my life never seems to lessen because fools never stop. I can’t look at a pile of thoughts moved from one place to another and feel like I’ve accomplished something. Just trying not to let the situation overtake my life uses enough energy.

Recognize the fools in your life and decide not to let them steal any more energy from you. Pray for them, and give them to God.

Lord, forgive us for letting fools get to us. Please give us the grace and love necessary to deal with foolish people. Energize us for the journey ahead. IJNIP. Amen

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