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I realized that when someone calls another person “crazy,” it is all relative. Something that may be crazy for one person just might be normal for another. When you look at Christ and some of the things that He was teaching and doing, people thought He was crazy. When the disciples and the early Church lived out their faith, people called them radicals.
This morning I was wondering when was the last time someone called me “crazy” or a “radical.” In some ways, this might be one of the best compliments a Christ-follower can ever receive.
This poem that hangs on the wall at Mother Teresa’s orphanage in India is a good reminder of the “crazy life” that Mother Teresa lived:
People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered (including me). Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the littlest people with the littlest ideas. Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you will get kicked in the teeth. Give the best you have anyway.