Don’t ever mess with a mother’s baby! Seriously, don’t do it!

It doesn’t matter how sweet or nice the mother is, it will not go well for you.

Angry Bear

In fact, I firmly believe that every mother has super powers.

No joke. I have seen it first hand.

My wife is one of the sweetest, nicest women I know. But when my daughter was first born, there was a time when my wife felt someone posed a threat to our baby. I watched in horror as she instantly transformed from a lovely lady into the Incredible Hulk.

Seriously, she turned green, grew bigger, yelled “Hulk smash!” and everything.

OK, maybe she didn’t turn green. But it really was scary. I feel sorry for the poor fool that ever tries to mess with my baby.


And if you think messing a human mother is scary, how much worse would it be to mess with a mother bear?

Mother bears can weigh up to half a ton! You don’t want to be on their bad side. Do not ever pick up a cute bear cub in the wilderness. It will not be a good day for you. You are going to get mauled!

Now, as scary as that thought is, the Bible says there is something else we should be more afraid of.

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly.
Proverbs 17:12

You are better off in a cage match with an angry mother bear than hanging with a fool who is bent on doing foolish things. That is how scared you should be of fools. You have better odds against a momma bear missing her cubs.

You see, a bear might harm you physically, but a fool will do more than that. Fools lead you into making choices that will ruin your life. You will get messed up physically, relationally, financially, or spiritually. Maybe all of the above and more.

Do yourself a favor and surround yourself with wise people. Fools might be good for a few laughs, but they will eventually bring you down with them.

How many of us have learned this lesson the hard way?

So next time you think about hanging out with fools, go ahead and pick a fight with a mother bear instead.