In his book “Crazy Love” Francis Chan argues that craziness is a virtue. God shows His love for us in crazy ways. (The creator of the universe bottles our tears, sent His son to die for us, etc.) Now why not love God back in a crazy way?
He defines crazy people as obsessed. (Preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.) Chan then lists the characteristics of someone obsessed with loving God:
Lovers - Obsessed people give freely and openly. They love their enemies and those who can never love back.
Risk takers - Obsessed people care more for God’s kingdom than their own safety and comfort.
Friends of All - Obsessed people connect with the poor in some way.
Crazy Ones - Obsessed people care more for obeying God than fulfilling the status quo.
Humble - Obsessed people seek to make themselves less known and Christ more known.
Servers - Obsessed people enjoy serving people.
Givers - Obsessed people are known as givers, not takers.
Sojourners - Obsessed people think about heaven frequently. They are concerned with eternity more than the present.
Engrossed - Obsessed people love God above everything else.
Unguarded - Obsessed people are raw with God. They mask nothing with Him; He is their safe place.
Rooted - Obsessed people read the Bible throughout each day to strengthen their relationship with God.
Dedicated - Obsessed people care more about their character than comfort.
Sacrificers - Obsessed people want to be faithful to their Savior out of thankfulness. They aren’t trying to earn forgiveness.
My obsession to honor God is growing. I aspire to live out these attitudes. That’s why I’m blogging them. Though I may pass the book on to others this list remains posted here.
The world will likely believe us crazy if we live this way, but who cares? Call me crazy.