Day 269: The Jokes of a Madman

Proverbs 26:18

Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”


We need to be sober-minded with our relationships, have wisdom in speaking to our friends, and protect our friendship with integrity.

I was 15 years old, and my family and four other families caravanned RV’s to tour the west – Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, and back to Oklahoma. I would spend the night in a sleeping bag outside under the stars. On this trip, I became determined that I would live my life differently from what had been modeled before me.

The trip was memorable on multiple levels. Drove up to Virginia City, Nevada – RV’s were detoured around the steep incline into the city. On this trip, I watched my mother’s second husband, Ted, reveal himself as a buffoon to his four friends. He lied to his friends on the CB radio that we had gone up the short, steep route and that they should come to try it. They believed him, and it was a disaster. All four families got stuck trying to climb that road. It was a potential danger to them – it could have been deadly.

After the tow trucks came to help the other four RVs, Ted’s only response was, “I was only joking.”

I was embarrassed for him – at that moment, I saw the stupidity of practical joking. This sounds harsh, but very few practical jokes are funny. Some are dangerously stupid.

They weren’t laughing. One RV began to run hot and almost blew an engine trying to traverse the mountain. Another’s transmission was damaged. Another almost went off the road. This event severed some relationships.


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