I believe there are two types of “CRAZY” in the world:
- acting against conservative expectations, standards and morals for personal satisfaction
- acting in accordance to God’s expectations, standards, and morals for the Lord’s glorification
Men and women who spend hundreds of hours and physical energy training for triathlons, a 70 year old woman wearing white high top Converse All Stars with leggings and a t-shirt, that kid in High School that could pull off the craziest of clothes and hairstyles not thinking twice, and the dreamer who bargains everything in order to move to New York and “make it big” – these are all Definition #1 Crazy.
Personally, jumping out of an airplane (twice) and getting a few tattoos was my crazy. These Definition #1 Crazies required conquering some fear but was overall easy because the payoff was predictable.
Definition #2 Crazy is a lot less noticeable to an outsider or bystander. This Crazy is overlooked and rarely celebrated. It’s payoff is praise instead of personal.
I tend to favor the Definition #2 Crazy. Anything that takes the fleeting nature of self gratification and redeems it with glory for an eternal God is well with my soul. I know it is well because I’ve walked out on the proverbial ledge, trusted what I could not see, and lived in a way that required God to come through for me.
Yes, there is always fear on the proverbial ledge but fear is extinguished the moment we surrender our heart to believe God can accomplish the Crazy through us.
For background, a few crazy things God has told me/us to do include: selling my dream home and almost all its possessions, getting rid of all my scrapbook supplies and scrapbooks themselves, adopting a teenager, adopting 7 kids, and spending money within our means.
As I write that list, I think – that really doesn’t seem very crazy at all. Why is this?
Because I’ve already done that crazy.
It’s the new things that seem crazy. It’s God telling me to go speak out about phone restrictions to parents at the expense of social indignity of my children.
It’s the whisper God repeats over and over until you finally believe it’s HIS crazy and not your own crazy mind playing tricks on you.
Crazy can be anything out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be adopting a child or selling your home. It can be praying out loud with your spouse or over your children, telling someone about Jesus, asking for forgiveness from someone, giving your pedicure money to a friend/stranger in need, or being kind to a customer at work even when they don’t deserve it.
If you’ve ever thought in your head, “Ahhh, that’s crazy! I’m not going to do that.” Let me encourage you to DO THE CRAZY!
DO THAT CRAZY because this is how God gets the glory. Anyone can and everyone does the normal stuff. It’s the CRAZY that builds our faith and proclaims Jesus as Lord of our lives.
Your children need you to DO THE CRAZY because it not only builds their faith but also strengthens their confidence in the Lord’s promises, models obedience and surrender, edifies how to discern the Lord’s voice, and ignites their courage to do the same.
If you desire your child to be a Christ follower once they leave your nest, not just a church attender, you cannot remain in the calm. You must DO THE CRAZY God asks of you.
If God tells you to speak to a rock so it can pour out water – do it.
If God tells you to bathe in the Jordan River 7 times – do it.
If God tells you to start volunteering at a local Pregnancy Care center or Battered Women’s Shelter – do it.
If God tells you to speak to your neighbor so they can know Jesus – do it.
You can make a kingdom impact simply by saying “Yes, Lord, I’ll do it. It sounds crazy, but I know you are bigger than my fears and comfort.”
It’s never crazy looking back. I promise.
DO THE CRAZY.
What CRAZY have you done?
How has your CRAZY shaped your children’s’ lives?
What have you heard from God but never acted on because it seemed too CRAZY?