Do you ever wonder if you are crazy? I do all the time. If you are like me, being crazy is not something that you want to be known for. We tend to run things through a couple of test to make sure that we are up to par with others. One of the best known techniques is the comparison game. This one is pretty simple, look at others and make sure you are better then them. Maybe this is why gossip exist, or for that matter reality TV, but comparing yourself to others is one way to make sure that you are not crazy. Another great technique is to follow the crowd. Instead of forming an identity, you just follow what others are doing. This plan is very simple, blend in and don’t stick out. It is amazing the lengths we go to not look crazy, what if we are missing the point and are called to be crazy?
One of my favorite people in the Bible is John the Baptizer. Mainly because he was crazy. I love the way the Bible describes him:
“John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey” (Matt 3:4).
That sounds like a crazy person to me. But this was not the reason why people thought John was crazy, instead it was the message that he preached that turned him from a man in the dessert eating bugs to a man preaching a crazy message. John was preparing the way for one of the craziest messages every spoken, one was coming to take away the sins of the world. What I love about John is his unconcerned feeling about what people thought of him, he was more concerned with the message.
Today, I I think we put more effort into the message making sense then we do making it crazy, this is a problem.