A Call to be Weird

Weird Book imageI just finished reading the book, “Weird: Because normal isn’t working,” and I fairly inhaled it (in the same way my 1-year-old son inhales a cracker: in a manner that my wife describes as a cross between a vacuum cleaner and a buzz saw).  Thanks to Michael Hyatt for introducing me to this book.

The premise of the book is simple: For Christians, being normal doesn’t work; God calls us to be weird.  The author, Craig Groeschel, divides the book into five sections:

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3. Relationships
  4. Sex
  5. Values

Here are some highlights of each section for me:

Time: “You have enough time to do everything God wants you to do… Catch yourself the next time you’re about to say, ‘I don’t have time’ for something.  Tell yourself the truth: either it’s not a priority and you’re guarding your time for a good reason, or you simply aren’t willing to choose to spend your time on it.”

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  Okay, this is really from the Bible, but it was quoted in the book.

Money: On giving—

  • The first level of giving is spontaneous.
  • If spontaneous givers are weird, then strategic givers are just plain rowdy.  Strategic givers plan ahead so they can be really generous… Strategic givers are also tithers.
  • Finally, to give us the full-on, hi-def, IMAX experience of giving, we have the sacrificial givers.

Relationships: “If you want to buck the norm and have what few have [in your marriage], do what few do—concentrate on your marriage as a living, growing garden that requires planting and tending, watering and weeding.”

Sex: “I don’t know anyone who ever accidentally ended up with a great marriage.  Great marriages never happen by accident.”  He then goes on to advocate five ways to focus exclusively on your spouse in marriage: (1) Get transparent, (2) Get alone, (3) Get spiritual, (4) Get help, and (5) Get naked.  Yes, yes, he said it… get naked with your spouse.

Values: “The current of normalcy will pull you away from God at every opportunity if you let it.”

“Normal people attempt countless goals with limited success.  Weird people focus on just one God-given objective with tremendous results.”

If you’re in a rut in your life, and you don’t see a way out, this book could be very helpful for you.  If you’re a parent, and you want your kids to model themselves after Christ, instead of after the world, you should read this book.  If you’re a Christian, and want some practical advice on how to change your life to become holy as Christ is holy (1 Peter 1:16), then this book is for you.

Question: If you’re a Christian, do you think that you should be weird?