My Crazy Obsession
I watched a TV show recently called 'My Crazy Obsession'. The episode I saw, was about a woman who was obsessed with the colour pink, to the point that everything she wore, her furniture, her dog, etc. were all pink. She even carried red food colouring with her and made restaurants and cafes use it to colour her food pink. She rented a pink limousine a few times a month to go out and would go out of her way to shop for food at a supermarket called 'The Pink Dot', to buy only pink food.
It reminded me of a book I read many years ago, by a professor at Edinburgh University who had researched eccentrics over a twenty year period. He said that the first hurdle, was to determine what was eccentric and what was insanity.
After a few years, he concluded that while the insane were almost always marked by depression, eccentrics were generally always happy, positive people who did not care what people thought of them and tended to live longer than most and look younger than their age. Eccentrics ranged from the mild, like Albert Einstein, who always wore odd socks, to the extreme, like the 'Pink Lady of Hollywood' and always stood out.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matthew 22:37-39
That sounds like Jesus is saying that we should be totally obsessed with God, to the point that He consumes and possesses every part of our life and that we should not judge, but allow others to be the same.
The 'Pink Lady of Hollywood' is determined that she will continue to live the same way until she dies, no matter what anyone thinks of her, or the financial and personal cost. After more than twenty five years, she no longer knows any other way and it is her normal way of life.
The professor also stated, that about one in one hundred thousand people are eccentric and of those, about one in ten were 'religious' eccentrics. That's one in a million.
God loves eccentrics, because they will be obedient to Him no matter how crazy they might seem in the eyes of others. It is a sad fact, that while Jesus calls us to live a life obsessed by God, only one in a million actually have the courage to be considered crazy in the eyes of the world and those around them to live it out.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." 1 Corinthians 1:18-19
Almost everybody is obsessed to some degree, in some way. Some are obsessed by lust, others by power or money, gambling, revenge or any number of things. What is your obssession? Is it a healthy one? Will it bring you eternal peace, happiness, vitality and purpose?
Do you have the courage to be 'crazy for God'? To become obsessed to the point that your entire life is defined and governed by that obsession?
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