Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working
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“You’re so weird.” Author and Pastor Craig Groeschel thinks that’s a compliment. He’s not being weird for the sake of being outrageous and drawing attention. He’s being weird for the sake of Christ.
Christians today live pretty much the same as non-Christians. There is no difference in the divorce rate, the way we spend money on ourselves, or our hurried and harried use of time. But “normal” is clearly not working. Jesus didn’t call us to be normal. He called us to live markedly different lives, devoted to serving Him and others. That’s not normal. In fact, it’s downright weird.
God hasn’t called us to be comfortable. God doesn’t bless us so we can indulge in further pleasure. God gives us a special and unique calling—one that is just for you—and asks us to love Him enough to put our entire lives in line with this purpose.
When you give of yourself in a way that reflects God’s goodness, blesses someone else, and makes the world better, you’re taken out of yourself and reminded that your purpose is not about feeling good all the time. –Craig Groeschel, WEIRD, page 208.
Instead of having just good intentions that are me-centered, you can have God intentions that are God-centered. –Craig Groeschel,WEIRD, page 219.
Pastor Groeschel gives some remarkably clear questions to help you think through God’s unique purpose for your life based on what you feel passionate about or what makes you angry, for instance.
WEIRD is divided into five parts: time, money, relationships, sex, and values. He deals candidly and openly with each topic, sharing his own struggles and shortcomings. There were many quotable quotes in this book, along with interesting and sometimes hilarious stories.
In the section on money, the author explained Jesus’ comment about it being harder for the rich to enter heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle:
It’s not that a camel’s bad behavior prevents it from sliding through that hole in a needle. No, the animal’s physical size prevents it. –Craig Groeschel, WEIRD, page 73.
While I found several of the sections to contain helpful insights, I thought the last section on values helped me the most. I’ve struggled with wanting to make a difference, but not knowing how. Pastor Groeschel offered some questions and steps to take to help discover God’s blessing that comes in the form of a burden. I look forward to spending more time with those questions to help me gain a sense of purpose.
If you’re looking for a sense of purpose, or simply feel like your Christian life isn’t what it could be (or used to be), then get WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working.
Living for others’ opinions is putting people ahead of God. –Craig Groeschel, WEIRD, page 137.
I give WEIRD by Craig Groeschel four cups of love.
(Minus one only because not all the topics seemed relevant to me, personally, since I’m single and not dealing with marriage and family issues.)
|Weird: Because Normal Isn’t WorkingBy Craig Groeschel / Zondervan
Tired of trying to fit into today’s culture? The good news is you don’t have to! In Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working, Craig Groeschel outlines what the world considers normal–a life filled with stress, strained relationships, and money woes, and shows how life in Christ frees you from these “normal” behaviors. Rather than live an ordinary life, you can be extraordinary by embracing the wisdom and grace of the gospel. Maybe that is weird, but with God’s help it can be wonderful.