When Normal Isn’t Working

By:  Staci Stallings

I’m reading a great book by Craig Groeschel called:  “Weird:  Because Normal Isn’t Working.”  The book is excellent as it takes modern life area-by-area and explains why being normal just doesn’t work.

Groeschel starts with the premise that the gate is narrow and few are they that find it.  True.  In fact, Jesus says that HE is the way and that HE is the gate.  If you want to find the narrow path, if you want to find the gate, you should first start by looking for Jesus.

I don’t mean just going to church.  I may have mentioned this, but it bears repeating.  My daughter posted a great saying, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in the garage makes you a car.”

Going to church is a great starting point, but if that’s as far as your faith goes, you’ve missed the point entirely.  The point of faith is to take it from the church, through the door, and then to LIVE IT!

Too many of us use our faith to make us “normal.”  We go to church… sometimes.  We call ourselves Christians when pressed.

Again, that’s missing the point of being a Christian.  Calling yourself Christian but not bringing that into your life is the “normal” way of doing things.  But God calls you to be “not of the world.”  The world is the broad way of doing things, the normal way.

The world is the one that tells you debt is the only way to live, that divorce is okay because everybody’s doing it, that things like the Ten Commandments and prayer are out-dated, old-fashioned ideas that just don’t work anymore.

The world is WRONG!

If you are going to be a weird Christian, you’ve got to start bringing Christ into your life every minute of every day.  (That’s what to “pray without ceasing” means!)

I happened to go into a business yesterday that had a huge framed painting on the wall.  In the painting, Jesus sat on one side while a business man sat on the other listening.  I commented about liking the picture.  The owner said, “I’m curious.  What do you see when you look at it?”  I said, “Well, it’s a businessman listening to Jesus about what the best decision will be to make.”

The owner said, “You would be surprised how many people don’t see that.  Oh, some think the second man is a doctor or something, but a lot of people don’t realize the first man is Jesus even though there’s a Scripture verse at the bottom, and he is clearly in ‘Jesus robes.'”

To the world, you are weird if you sit down and have a conversation with Jesus.  To the world if you stand in a church for an hour on Sundays, you can call yourself a Christian in good conscience.  To the world, you don’t want to be weird when normal is so much easier.

But now I’m going to use a famous Dr. Phil line:  “How’s normal working for you?”

How does being in debt like the rest of the world working for you?

How does being stressed to the max and running all the time working for you?

If normal isn’t working, maybe it’s time to try weird.

I’ve been weird for awhile now, and let me tell you, it was THE best decision of my life.

You might consider trying it for a change!

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