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“Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy. Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.” ~ Francis Chan, “Crazy Love”, pages 112-113

Sometimes it takes being seen as crazy. Taking a stand for what you believe can cost you your friends. It can even sometimes cost you your family.

But when you’re that close with God, when He is your life, you will go for it anyway and take the stand that you know needs to happen.

I experienced that personally a few months ago. Not with my family, but with a friend. It makes me sad that they chose pride and having to be right over the friendship we’d had for a number of years… but since that day my life has been simpler. There hasn’t been anyone seeking me out in order to argue with me, and I have found that so refreshing.

If you’d told me a year ago that that friendship would end in January, I probably would have laughed and thought you were joking. Honestly.

I think the difference between then and now means that a lot has happened since that time… and I have come to the place in my life where Jesus is all I need. If a relationship or possession, or a thought or action, is trying to be more important than Jesus and my immense need for Him, then it has to go. It may not have been my choice for that friendship to go, but I know it’s good that it happened. Because it was no longer encouraging to my relationship with Jesus. My life and the stand I had chosen to make had become crazy-looking to this friend, so they decided we’d go our separate ways.

Through this experience, I’ve seen even more how God’s truth stands. People can try to knock it down, they can say you’re crazy for believing it, they can disagree and criticize the stand you’re choosing to take… but when I have built my foundation on Jesus, He stands. Even when nothing else does. He will always stand.

Choosing to believe what God says and let it take root and change my life is so much more worth anything it could cost me than I could ever even begin to imagine.