Am I a Fool? (Sometimes)

Comedian Steven Wright once said, “I live in my own little world, but it’s OK. Everyone knows me there.” This statement makes me laugh, because everyone knows I am a ding-a-ling sometimes. I do things that make people roll their eyes and wonder when my brain will return. These moments are the exact opposite of what I want to be—a wise woman. Some women don’t have to wait for April Fool’s Day to exhibit their folly.

Proverbs 9:13-18 is one of the passages in this book of wisdom that describes the foolish woman. The context of the passage is the temptress who would seduce men into sin, but God spoke to me through verse 13, to show me that it is not just immoral behavior that is a hallmark of the foolish woman.

There are two other negative qualities listed there. First, the foolish woman is “clamorous.” She’s noisy and frivolous, reckless, and perhaps even brazen and brash. I would like to think that I am never like that, but sometimes foolishness is in our words as much as our actions. I have to admit that there were times when I was less than ladylike—when males slipped into “locker room” verbiage, and I chimed in like “one of the guys.” (What was I thinking? I wasn’t.) The wiser choice would have been silence, or words directed by the Holy Spirit. A wise woman remembers to be a lady and godly in her speech.

Second, the foolish woman is “simple and knows nothing.” Because she is either ignorant of (or makes light of) the ways of God, she appears empty-headed, senseless, and open to all forms of evil, because she willfully (or recklessly) ignores true eternal values. She does not make choices according to the perspective of God. Sometimes I fail to think or act with biblical wisdom, and like all fools, I suffer consequences.

How about you? Are you ever a fool? We can make choices to change that. I’m praying that God will change my heart, and teach me how to walk in wisdom—living prudently and with discretion (Colossians 4:5a).

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