Redemption

Episode 96

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Did you ever see the bottom of an old glass bottle or can? You could get yourself a shiny nickel if you turned it back in. To a 5 year old, that’s like free money! And that is a great example of redeeming something. You turn in something that is used and you get something in return that has value! 

Redemption is an important concept to understand as a follower of Christ, but if we only look at it through “Coke Bottle lenses”, we may be setting ourselves up for a great disappointment if we are not careful. You are listening to Living the Freedom Life podcast and today we are talking about Redemption.

Redemption is only a great concept until you experience it. It’s personal. It’s one of the most personal things a human can experience. It seems like the more a person has experienced failure in their life, the more important and personal redemption is. It seems like the longer a person has believed that they are a failure, the sweeter the redemption is. The deeper it feels.

The problem with that is that it’s very difficult for a person to truly experience it. I really hope this doesn’t resonate with you, because if it does, that means that you have experienced it too. I hope you haven’t. 

But, redemption is rare. Rare, as in, it is precious, it’s valuable. And when you feel it, it will be the most personal thing; you will hold onto it for the rest of your days. The reason platinum is valuable is that you can’t just find it anywhere. It’s rare, not everyone has it, that’s why it has value.

You see, some people have deeply felt rejection. Not just wanting to be picked for the team rejection, not just the cool kid not wanting to be your friend kind of rejection. I’m talking about rejection that comes from thinking that you “don’t measure up to everyone else” rejection. Internal rejection. That you don’t quite have “a place where you fit in” kind of rejection. You “don’t know what to do in life” kind of rejection. That amount of internal rejection runs deep because it’s your own logic confirming that rejection. 

This can’t be cured by some pep-talk. This isn’t turned around by having coffee and a good conversation. Even listening to a podcast.

Early in my spiritual walk, I learned that “The only cure for rejection is acceptance.”  

The only cure for rejection is acceptance. 

I’ve spent years in the music industry. In recording studios sitting behind an audio console bigger than the vehicle you drive type of studios. And then, I had my personal series of tragic internal rejection. It took me down a road that few recover from, and I’m grateful now, that I survived. 

But redemption is elusive. It’s not always readily seen and obvious. The longer it evades, I’ve noticed that some people get bitter because of that. Deep down we expect redemption when we go to church services, read the bible and talk to pastors…even listen to podcasts. We expect redemption to find us in our ditch, discarded, ready to pick us up and turn us into the recycling center to be washed, cleaned, re-created into something new, exciting, refreshed and full of life.

You see, redemption knows where we were found. It remembers being discarded and thrown away, cast aside. 

Why is it so rare?

Because we already think we know what it’s supposed to look like. We already have an image or a rendition of how things are supposed to be redeemed. It’s like we already know its worth, so we only see redemption in the frame of what we see that has worth to us, now. 

You see, it is only our definition of how we currently see worth. Remember when you found a can that was thrown away and it said that you could get five cents for it? That excitement was because you were 5 years old and had a value system of a five year old. Today, I’m not sure if you would take the time for five cents. You have a different value system now. 

When you feel redemption, when you experience true redemption, it will have a value that is so personal that there is no way that someone could have known the value it has, but you.  

That is what God wants for you. He wants you to stop settling for your picture of redemption and trust in Him and His way. And the only way to do that, is to get to know Him. He already knows you. Get to know Him. YOu will be amazed at His redemption that He has planned for you. It is so much sweeter, more personal, and fuller than you can ever imagine. 

A lot of times when we are “let down” or disappointed by God is when we have expectations of what He will do. A lot of times we misinterpret His promises. We read into His word according to our definition of how we currently see worth. And usually, His economy is worth so much more to us because it’s personal. 

He wants you to encounter acceptance. 

He wants redemption for you. 

He wants you to be able to Live the Freedom Life. 

And if so, we would like to help guide that. We would like to help in any way we can. Reach out to us. We would love to hear from you. 

Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle.

Love Struck

Episode 95

Today is an extremely special day in the McMurray household. There will be consequences for me later, but I just can’t help myself. I have a story to tell. It is a foundational part of my personal Freedom Journey and I want to share it with you today. It has a lot to do with this song. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life Podcast and this is Ep 95, Love Struck.

This week in history poses quite a supposed coincidence of two separate events that may have something to do with one another. 

The year was 1945 and WW2 ended on May 6th by Germany surrendering to the Allied forces. The Axis had fallen. On an entirely different continent, here in the U.S. on the very same day, Chuck Norris was born. 

Causation or Coincidence? I will let you be the judge of that. 

Is it a history lesson or just a bad Dad joke that’s today’s topic? No. Neither. Something way more important to me. 

You see, several years ago, I was coming out of a life shattering season in my life. One where few recover from. In that pit of life, I found Jesus. Yes! I actually found Him. I mean, He was there the entire time, I just didn’t, I couldn’t, and I refused to see Him. I spent a life thus far, not being able to see, I was blind…and then all of a sudden, I could see Him!

Now it wasn’t a light flashing,  there wasn’t thunder clapping and a strike of lightning, so to speak. The change wasn’t sudden…it was more of a slooooope. It took a while for the rest of me to catch up to what He had changed in my heart. I was made new.

But I could tell I was missing something. Something that everyone was talking about. In fact, I was talking about it a couple of weeks ago. Love. 

Yeah, I felt God’s love, I knew that Jesus is in my heart, living in me, I was dead, and now He gave me life, a new life. That was clear not only to me but especially to those who knew me. But deep inside, I was getting to the point that I knew I needed something. That something that was missing, was growing more and more, it held more weight than ever before. It had been there before, but even THAT was different now. 

You see, I needed “Jesus with skin on”. I needed some human interaction, to give me more tangible evidence. 

Then, there came a day where The Lord said, “Yeah, here you go.” As He guides me in my path through life, one day, He was having me take out the trash in a recording studio I was working in. And then I saw her. I met Tammy.

And THAT is when The Lord began loving on me in a way I had never experienced before. My life’s song began to change and really take shape, and have meaning.

The bad in me (it wouldn’t take long to find a LOT of bad) but the bad in me, not only does she choose not to focus on, but she chooses love, which is enough to align me back to where I need to be.

God shows me how He loves me in so many ways through her. She is my living translation of the Bible. She is the living word to me. She is Jesus with skin on. The voice of the Holy Spirit sounds a lot like my wife. 

And today, a day which she may not be too happy with me for informing you about, is her birthday. 

If you have had The Lord show YOU love by guiding your path to know her, please celebrate with me on her birthday today. 

The Lord has used her in amazing ways to introduce Himself to me deeper. 

I’ve learned that she hears His voice quicker than I do. 

I’ve learned that she receives guidance from His hand easier than I do. 

I’ve learned that she senses Him to be nearer and in the room more suddenly than I do.

I’ve learned that she is quicker to ignore herself and think of others than I am.

I’ve learned that she forgets more completely when she is offended than I do.

I’ve learned that she follows her leader more obediently than I do.

Not only teaching me about my relationship with the Trinity of God, but how to lead, how to be a Husband, how to be a Father and how to guide others.  

The Lord has given me much more than “a helpmate” in life when He joined me and Tammy. 

Live the Freedom Life? Yes, I do. Firmly. And it’s because God loves me enough to tenderize my heart through the struggle of a relationship that I would die for. 

If you are fighting back tears like I am in this moment, Go tell that someone you love them. 

Don’t wait until their birthday. 

Grow your relationship everyday. 

Don’t wait until the calendar tells you to.

This is a crucial Cornerstone in Living the Freedom Life.

Thank you for letting me take this episode to celebrate her.  

Bebe, Happy birthday, Me is You”. 

Living the Freedom Life, This is Kyle

Half What?

Episode 94

Our perspective on things and the world around us is crucial. The way we see things sets the stage on how we make choices. Our choices are what assist in what we call “Life navigation”. Our choices steer us in one direction or another. So, whether we see the glass as half full or half empty is a pretty big deal. You would think. 

Well, I’ve never been accused as being normal. So, let me challenge you to look at this a little differently today. And it might change the way you see your day to day life. Because that is what we are about. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life podcast, and today we are talking about the Glass being Half What.

This statement is usually used as a litmus test to reveal a person’s worldview. A worldview is a person’s philosophy of life or how they perceive and conceive the world around them. That worldview shapes how they see things, how they think and how they react or respond to the world around them. You’ve heard me say this before but “The way we see things shapes everything that follows”. 

So the question “Do you see the glass half full or half empty?” is a question that can answer a lot about a person’s perspective on a certain situation and the way we perceive the world around us. It also can reveal a moment of opportunity or trouble. But not every “situation” has such a potentially polarized view. Not every situation has two sides. Sometimes they have more than that. In fact, this “philosophy” flies in the face against following Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit.  

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It’s time to stop thinking about whether the glass is half full or empty. What we need to remember is the glass is refillable. Daily.

Now as much as I want to, I can’t change the fact that some days, some situations are not going to be all that great. They are not going to be “Half Full”. Sometimes the glass is half empty and like the infamous Walter Cronkite would say, “and that is the way it is”. 

On the other hand, there are some days that are completely awesome and worth celebrating. And they are definitely “Half Full”.

But what that does, is it conditions us or trains us into being dependent on our surroundings for happiness, comfort, and peace. While we are listening to a podcast, it’s easy to know that, but in those crucial milliseconds it takes to react, everything is different. 

So, what’s the solution? Well, I’m glad you asked.   

We are to realize that the glass is refillable. In other words, we need to see that “this too shall pass”. That the circumstances are temporary and will not last. It will pass. Just like our emotions. Any emotion will only last about 20-60 min. Past that, it is our character, who we are at our core that will come to the surface. 

To remedy that, we need to pour into ourselves, so to speak, every day. So we are not anchored in what is in our glass. It doesn’t dictate how we interact. 

Each day, the bible tells us that we should be poured into.

Psalm 9:10, Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Lamentations 3:25, The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

Proverbs 8:17,  I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Hebrews 11:6, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 

By doing this, we are “the vessels” being poured into each day. If we say that we trust and He supplies our every need, then we need to be at a place where we know that whatever IS in our glass, it’s enough. 

When we pour out what is in our glass to serve others, to serve the Kingdom of God, then; that requires us to go back and ask Him to fill us again. Daily. That is how it worked in the Garden. Whether you are talking about the Garden where Jesus was asking the Father, or Adam and Eve. 

That’s the model, and that’s the original design. That,…is Living the Freedom Life. 

Remember, we give away what we have, Let’s make sure we receive life. Daily. 

Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle 

Love and Fear

Episode 93

Even if you’ve never cracked open a Bible in your life, you’ve probably heard the scripture in 1 John 4 that tells us “God is Love”. Well, to put it bluntly, we’ve lost sight of that. We have forgotten it. We’ve watered this section of scripture down so much, that it has become dangerous, spiritual malnutrition, to the point that we may not know what Love is.

Our view of what Love is has become so delicate and conditional. Love is meant to be powerful, robust, strong and a powerful transforming force. I don’t believe most people get to experience that. They wind up truly identifying with this song. 

We are so desperate to experience this, we may be confusing it with something else. Something much different. Something drastically opposite of what it really is and meant to be. Fear.

When I say it like that, it seems outlandish. Well, maybe not. 

You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life podcast and this is episode number 93. Today we’re talkin about Love and Fear. 

I’m going to start out by just simply reading some instructions for us all. 

7 Let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love, does not know God, because God is love. 

9 In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this, is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So, we have come to know and to believe the love, that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot[a] love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. Retrieved link

Here are some examples of Love that I’ve experienced and what I try to give to others.

Love is so deeply invested in the well-being of others, it doesn’t hesitate to do hard things and explain the motivation. 

Love is determined to see someone differently than they see themselves, especially when their own view is less than their created design. 

Love doesn’t tolerate harmful beliefs or behaviors, it doesn’t back down or is fearful of offense, and calls us up to our intended greatness 

Love refuses to turn a Blind Eye in order to enable dysfunction. 

Love will do what is right and healthy even when it costs in other arenas. 

Here is how a friend of mine explains our confusion of Love and Fear:

Sheltering or protecting people from hurt feelings, by allowing self-harm or their harmful beliefs, is not love, it’s fear. 

Protecting people from offense by compromising or fabricating a truth, is not love, it’s fear. 

Protecting people from hard experiences by expecting the circumstances to change instead of expecting people to mature is not love, it’s fear. And that cripples their healthy emotional development and maturity. This is a huge contributor to why we have so many man/childs today.

We are so fearful because we have the belief that we are protecting people by preventing offense, correction, and applying discipline in their life to spur on maturity. This isn’t conforming, it is being responsible and a productive member of society, not just when people are looking, this is about character. Character is who a person is when there is no accountability and no one is looking. No wonder we are so fearful. And we’ve called it protecting others. 

Knowing the difference between these two may seem like it’s circumstantial to be black and white. It’s not. But we have watered down what love is to the point where we don’t know what it is, we doubt how to show it, and we don’t trust it. All of which are a lie that we’ve fallen for. 

It’s time. 

It’s time to refamiliarize ourselves with the truth of what Love is, how it is expressed, how to receive it, and how to give it to others. 

THIS is the meaning behind our tag line “We give away what we have, let’s make sure we receive life”. 

Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle

The Growth Battle

We are creatures of habit. I know that you know this and probably have quite a few examples of this truth in your life. Some, you would even be willing to admit. Habit is one of the enemies of Growth.

I want to share with you today a topic that we commonly face at Kyle McMurray Coaching, and that is the unspoken, outwardly silent but inwardly violent battle for your Growth.

I’ve recently fought this battle and I want to share it with you. Sometimes that’s the best coaching, just sharing my story.

You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life Podcast, and today we are talking about The Growth Battle.

It’s been said that you are always growing, it just depends on which direction. 

You get to choose. Either towards or away from a goal that you have. I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as being stagnant.

You see, everyone has goals. Everyone has an ideal self that they have in their mind. Most people don’t know how to get that person to come forward in their life. And that is where we come in. This is an area where we help people, a great deal. I love my work. 

A very important truth that we teach our clients is that:

Growth and comfort do not coincide. You can either grow or be comfortable, but not both. 

Growth takes motivation, willingness, honesty, (you will hear me say those two a lot), Growth takes friction and effort, it takes a desire and a little bit of recklessness where you’ve trusted some processes in your life that unknowingly are keeping you from moving forward. In order for us to grow, we have to be willing to throw Comfort aside. 

Growth is uncomfortable. It takes effort toward doing things in new ways, having faith in new things, thinking in different ways and even looking at things and situations in ways we’ve never seen before. 

The problem is, we like comfort. Our brain is quite amazing at figuring out things, making an easier way for us to live life, convenience is usually King. But, convenience is also crippling us. 

There’s a song that  asks the question, “When was the last time, you did something for the first time?” We are creatures of habit and we usually don’t like change. 

Well, last week I tried something new as an entrepreneur. Owning a small business is not for the faint of heart and I want to share five takeaways from that experience. 

  1. The first thing I learned was we are to find our own voice. Find out what makes us tick, so to speak. In other words, discover what God had in mind when He created you. When you are able to do that, offer that towards helping others. When we help others as an expression of ourselves, This is what I like to call “Kingdom economy”.
  2. The second thing I learned is that a successful business owner will find ways to do what others avoid doing. In recovery we have a common saying that goes something like this “I’m going to choose what’s hard today.” It’s human nature for us to seek out comfort. The more I’m willing to put in the hard work, my clients won’t have to. 
  3. The third thing is something that I’m trying to wrap my head around. I haven’t quite learned this one yet. It’s a concept called “De-risking”. It’s the same concept that asks how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. In other words, by taking bite-size risks, it enables me to fail forward and learn from those small failures. The question is not whether I’m going to fail or not, I’m a small business owner, there will be small failures. Not everything is going to be a success. But it’s up to me to manage the size of those failures by the bite sized risks I take. Instead of taking frequent huge leaps of faith, we are being led on a daily basis by the Holy Spirit. 
  4. Number four is something that I share with our clients quite frequently. Unexpected setbacks are part of it. When you’re talking with someone about recovery, relapse is a part of the equation. You don’t expect it to happen, you’re just prepared for it when it does. The solutions must come from a good place and turned into learning experiences to have new proof of the old way not working. 
  5. And finally number five really has two parts. I guess 5.1 would be get a few mentors. Surround yourself with 3-5 people that are higher caliber than you. It may not be easy for you to find them, and you don’t necessarily have to let them know that they are mentoring you. Just ask them if you can take them for coffee. You would be surprised. On to 5.2 Is when you meet with these people that you respect, Present yourself with potential mentors by showing them your work instead of asking for help while you’re empty-handed. In other words, show them that you value your own time and that you’ve put work into what you’re sharing with them. If you’re not confident about what you are doing, odds are people are not going to invest in you either. 

I hope some of this made sense to you today. I may not have shared a lot of specifics about my life today, but I have shared a lot of specific things that I have learned through some hardships in my life. 

There’s a better you inside of you. I just know it. And I think you do too. 

But in order for that person to come forward in your life, We have to take some risks, we have to get outside of our comfort zone, we have to think outside of the box, we need to learn to see things differently. We can help with all of these things. It’s my passion. As I said before, I love my work.

Thank you for listening today. Make sure and subscribe to the podcast and I’d love for you to leave a review for us.

Until next time, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle. 

What’s Next?

Episode 91

The week after Easter. Yes, I am grateful for His resurrection and I’m convinced that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single most important event in history.  

That being said, I’m a “Rubber Meets the Road” type of guy, where “The proof is in the puddin” as my Grandad would say. 

This week I would like to talk about, well for 40 days after Jesus walked out of the tomb, He spent it with the Disciples. By sticking fingers in His wounds, walking through walls, and assuring some pretty amazed faces that He was indeed, alive.

Along with that, were some residual facts. Like conquering death, overcoming the enemy, Healing, and now…”What’s Next?” 

This week, like every week, I would like to talk about the answer to that question. “What’s Next?

You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life, this is episode 91 What’s Next

Can you imagine how they felt? The Disciples may have felt like there was about to be a major overthrow and they were finally on the side of victory! 

I mean, if you are listening to this and you are an American Christian, the reality is that you are not being persecuted for your faith, not like these guys were. I’m not trying to minimize your reality today, but the odds are, you have not experienced, nor are you experiencing persecution like the people during Jesus’ time when He walked the Earth.

They were looking for relief. They were looking for someone to stand up to the Romans, to a real persecutor. Not someone who may or may not have an agenda. Not an occasional death that may look like hate. 

No, they knew what real persecution was. They may have been looking for someone who would lead them, to channel their agony, to direct their sorrow and avenge their woes. 

And they just experienced seeing their leader walk out of the tomb?!?!?! They saw how he was beaten. They knew how skilled the Roman Empire was at tourture. And Jesus comes back from that, and in essence asking “What’s Next?”

Because a week earlier, when death had finished, everything seemed to be lost. Now things were different. So, What’s Next?

You may be asking the same question. Yes, you may have recently confessed that Jesus is the Lord of your life, and now you are asking “What’s Next?”

You might be “What’s Next?” to a situation where you have forgiveness, but you don’t know how to move forward, or just trying to figure out how to live a life that is good, and just, and how to be a better person than you are now. You are asking “What’s Next?”

You may already know this but Jesus lived a perfect life. The Bible tells us that He experienced and was tempted in all things. So He understands. No matter what you are going through, He understands.

But He also knows that we aren’t living a perfect life. I mean, we just can’t. There is something inside us that defaults to rottenness. No matter how hard we try, we can’t be perfect. As obvious as that sounds, we still try. We can’t.

Part of the Good News is, yes, Jesus offers us forgiveness for that. And He does, in a real way. But that still leaves us with the question, “What’s Next?”

All of us WANT what Jesus died for, full forgiveness. He came for Easter, no doubt. 

But He walked out of that tomb, conquered death, and stayed another 40 days after that. He came for so much more than a hill called Calvary. 

He came to answer your personal “What’s Next?”

You see, whether we realize it or not, we WANT the life that He died to give us.

What happens after the cross is an exchange of life.

The stuff, our rottenness is paid for with Christ’s blood. That’s on Calvary and He gave up His life. But now His life, His perfect life is now transferred to YOU. Yeah, you CAN live a perfect life. Through Him. Through His life. 

See, we trade our death for His Death. When we do that, then He trades His Life for our life. 

Dr. Rice Brooks says it this way, “The Gospel is the Good news that God became man in Jesus Christ. He lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died-in our place.” 

“What’s Next?” Well, the simple answer is Living the Freedom Life! This is why we call our podcast by that name!

Jesus said in John 14:26But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

A couple of things about this. 

1. We need to know what He said. If the Holy Spirit is going to remind us of the things Jesus said, we need to know the things He said. At KyleMcMurray Coaching, we give our clients what we call “Self-Investment Steps”. There is an element of study. We give homework. There is an investment that you need to make in yourself in order to see a permanent change.

2. We need to be teachable at all times. If the Father sends the Comforter and He is to teach us all things, our job is to be teachable. Have you ever heard the statement “Unteachable children will grow to be unemployable adults.” The Bible tells us this same thing in many different ways.

Those two things are key elements in your discovery of  “What’s Next?”

We are out of time today, but I want to remind you that we are available, online, by phone, chat, social media. We want to help in your journey. 

Remember, Coaching isn’t therapy. It’s product development, with you as the product. We develop people.

Until next time, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle

No Foolin

Ep 90

Happy Calendar Day! Oh, you know today is usually called April Fool’s Day…on April 1st. But are you aware of how this day of expected trickery began? It’s really all about the calendar. We’ll talk about it in just a moment. You’re listening to Living the Freedom Life podcast. Ep 90………..No Foolin’

There was something wrong with the calendar. Something terribly wrong. We are talking about much more than just our recent debates of Daylight Saving Time

Back in 46BC (For the younger Historians, that would be AUC708 Yet, another way to keep track of time) Back then, the Greeks were experts at calculating and charting, they had devised the Julian Calendar. Of which we would be celebrating New Year’s Day, today. There was quite a bit of confusion about the calendar; whether it was 442 days in a year, 355, or was it 378? Then there were days added on something called “irregular years” and well, as you can see, there was a lot more to be worried about than if your birthday fell on Feb 29th. They were adding and subtracting days to the calendar, no wonder we really don’t know much about history.

The calculations were off, ever so slightly. Enough to where we couldn’t determine when things happened in history, when to celebrate, when to expect to plant, and therefore when to expect to harvest. 

Fast forward to the year 1582, yeah, still, a long time ago. So long in fact, that we needed a calendar reformation. France was leading the charge for change. Then, Pope Gregory XIII commissioned the Gregorian Calendar and made it official. The Council of Trent in 1563 said “This is the way we are going folks”. Now, stay with me on this. 

News didn’t exactly travel fast back then. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved from April to January 1 they were marked as fools, and people would make fun of them. Hence, the beginning of what we know now as a particular day for fools.

The first pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), it’s meant to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish, like a gullible person. It’s still a tradition in France. And now you can see why the rest of the world celebrates this day of tricks and pranks.

April Fools day quickly spread through all of Europe. It became a two day event. Even today, there are a lot of people who get excited about pulling pranks on people. Some can get out of hand. Now, I’m all for a good harmless joke occasionally. 

But it usually doesn’t not stop there. Think about it, this started because someone didn’t know something. Or they didn’t want to comply with this new big change. I mean, a calendar affects everything!

We are not talking about a disease, or a virus, or whether or not you have a shot, if you like to wear a mask or not, or even what turmoil is going on today. 

What I am saying is that it is sometimes easy to look down on someone because they don’t have the same information than you. 

Sometimes it’s easy to think someone is foolish when they don’t comply with certain changes. 

Sometimes it’s easy to show how I have better protection, better information, or that how I think I am right. 

But when it comes down to it, I see something very wrong today. Something terribly wrong.

And it needs to be fundamentally changed. . . and it’s as drastic as changing the calendar.

It’s not as important for me to be right, as it is for me to do what is right. 

If me doing what is right is to let someone be wrong, then so be it. I may be standing in the way of a life lesson for that person and I may not be the one who is chosen to help them along the way to find it.

Just because I have the understanding, doesn’t mean I’m the one to share it. Sometimes that understanding is just a gift for me. 

The point is this, Today, on a day that is hinting on being mean spirited, choose wisely. 

Until next time, Living the Freedom Life, this is Kyle.