This is When We Will Be Crazy for GodIn Blog, telling you the truth 15 comments
My girlfriend and I laugh, about how ever since her family become a foster family, they have been riding the crazy train.
And when 2 nights ago she sends me a picture, of her family plus their 3 latest young additions, who came to them dirty and hungry just the night before…
…smiling, as if they’d always been together…
I laugh outloud as the words speak quietly in my head in such a way I stop, breathless with reverence: crazy train.
People think my girlfriend and her husband are crazy. They think they must want to make money off broken kids [please, never say this to conscientious foster parents – it is offensive]. They do not have a category in their brain for people who would have their own three kids, a small house and modest money and take in filthy, smelly, health compromised, scared, shattered to the point of only God can repair children they have no earthly connection with.
[if only they knew about the times she sits in courtrooms next to transvestite prostitutes and fights schools like a bulldog to let her foster kids in and sits up at night and listens to a broken teenage boy share about how he hears voices in his head because if you were given meth most of your young life, you would, too.]
And yes, people even ask them, if even only sometimes with their eyes:
Are you nuts for taking in three kids?
And my girlfriend, who doesn’t have a mean bone in her body but has grown weary of the lack of true understanding for what they are trying to do, sometimes wants to answer,
“Well, yes, we are nuts. God has made us crazy, so we can no longer excuse ourselves from clothing the naked and feeding the hungry.”
The truth is, most of the time we as believers make our Christianity about the task. And we don’t get that task-driven Christianity will never work, but it is what we most always try.
And while we drive the point to do, do, do we miss the truth that the more we become with God, the tasks naturally fall into place.
*We become intimate with God to the point where there is nothing on our list we would not do.
*We become open and willing and better and secure and peaceful, even in the midst of something that safe Christianity, the oxymoron it is, doesn’t have a compartment for.
And then we become things we never thought we’d be, do things we never thought we’d do, and won’t waste time trying to figure out how to live a task-driven Christian life or waste our breathe saying I could never do that because it is the easy way out but 100% not true.
There is no limit to what we will do when we start to go crazy for God.
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