Recently I heard the advice:
If you see crazy coming, cross the street and get out of its way.
Sound advice right?
If your goal is self-preservation.
People with issues, drama, attitude problems, addictions, sin are detrimental to our health. They come into our lives, mess everything up, and leave destruction in their wake.
It makes sense to hide, ignore and avoid. I do it.
Then God asked me a question,
“What if you’re the crazy someone is avoiding?”
How would I feel if people looked at me and said, “Hands off that one. She’s never going to change. She’s helpless. She’s trouble.”
At some point don’t we all need someone to reach out to us and say, “I accept you as you are. I will love you.”
I’m reading a book by Jerry Cook right now. He says:
Love is not license, acceptance is not agreement and forgiveness is not compromise.
We can love people and accept them without condoning the life they’re living. Jesus calls us to do this very thing.
So, if you see crazy coming, believe that God put them in your path for a reason and invite them home for dinner. The only guarantee that they will never change is if everyone avoids and rejects them.
And reinforces their crazy.
What advice have you received over the years that sounds good, but in reality is opposite to the heart of God?