I’ve been called crazy a lot of times.
By my friends…by my own well-meaning relatives…and I’m sure by a lot of other people who have seen me on TV. (In a bygone era, I was the host of a TV show called Peep Show on a cable channel called Jack TV).
Well, I can’t deny it.
I sure do look the part.
At last count, my tattoos have reached a total of twelve. These tattoos include (in no particular order), an evil care bear, a half dinosaur-half monster thing with it’s tail cut off, and a girl playing with a dog (which I tattooed on myself).
I’ve also done some pretty crazy things in my life.
No need to elaborate here, but if you ever need evidence of my hardcore partying days, you only need to ask…I may still have some photos. (Kidding.)
Yep, my old life was pretty “out there”, alright.
If you ask me though, that life pales in comparison to what I have become now, since having met and accepted Jesus Christ in 2011.
Now, when you see me or read this blog, you may probably think, “Well, she’s gone off the deep end.”
But, hold on.
I don’t think crazy is all that bad.
Actually, I think crazy is an interesting thing to be. It denotes a certain restlessness or even rebelliousness with the status quo.
It means refusing to be tied down to what everyone else says and thinks. It yearns to see what is beyond the obvious. It takes amazing faith to be crazy.
Yeah, I don’t think crazy is so horrible.
In fact, now is probably a good time to point out that some the greatest men in the Bible were thought of to be somewhat of loony bins themselves.
Abraham was shaken heads at (by his own family) when he told them that God had promised him that he would be blessed with “descendants as numerous as the stars.”
Moses looked ready to be shipped to a mental institute when he proclaimed that he would free the Israelites from the Pharaoh’s iron-cast rule.
I’m sure Noah had more than his fair share of eye-rolling and behind-the-back-whispering when he began building that massive ark.
And David, the little shepherd boy, was laughed at when he stepped in front of the giant Goliath with his paltry weapon of choice.
All these guys went against the grain. They hurtled against the voices of the majority. They risked their reputations and even their own lives.
And for what?
To follow a Voice that no one else heard.
To trust in a God that no one else saw.
To stand by a Faith that on one else understood.
For everyone else, they were crazy.
But not everyone knows that crazy also means being courageous and standing up for what you believe in, in spite of the odds.
Because of these men’s “crazy”, God used them mightily and greatly, so that His amazing plan for us may unfold.
And if we’re going to talk about crazy, how about the greatest example the world has ever known?
2,000 years ago, a hippie in sandals walked around Galilee, spoke in parables, performed miracles and preached messages of love, grace and forgiveness. Half of the time His own brothers thought He was out of His mind. His disciples couldn’t help but scratch their heads and shrug their shoulders at times.
You see, He didn’t care about being popular, He only cared about speaking the truth.
And for this, He was crucified and put to death.
He did this so that our sins may be forgiven and so that WE MAY LIVE.
I don’t think there is anything crazier than what Jesus Christ did for us. But because He defeated the grave and rose again, here we are, washed clean, alive and truly free.
That’s what standing up for the Truth can do.
So the next time someone says that you’re crazy for believing in Jesus Christ and what He did at the cross, and for not being afraid to let people know… then God Bless You.
Because He is doing a great work in you, so that many may live.