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 – having wisdom on how we speak to our friends – protecting our friendship with integrity.
When I was 15 years old, 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. The trip was rememberable on multiple levels. I would spend the night in a sleeping bag outside under the stars. It was on this trip that I became determined that I would live my life different from what had been modeled before me.
It was also on this trip that I watched my mother’s second husband, Ted reveal himself as a buffoon to his four friends. We were driving up to Virginia City, Nevada – RV’s were detoured around the steep incline into the city. He lied to his friends on the CB radio that we had gone up the short, steep route and that they should come 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 for them – it could have been deadly.
After the tow trucks came to help the other four RV’s – the only response from Ted was, “I was only joking.”
To be honest, I was embarrassed for him – it was at that moment that I saw the stupidity of practical joking. I know that this sounds harsh, but very few practical jokes are funny. Some are dangerously stupid.
This event severed some relationships. 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.
Don’t be a madman.