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To Love Like Crazy
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“Ugh! My brain is melting!” My daughter came into my bedroom office and dramatically—she’s 12—flung herself on the bed, collapsing into a frustrated and matted mass of hair and pillows.

Another school year had begun, and my extroverted and creative daughter was in heavy combat with her most difficult subject: math . . . and she was losing.

I turned from my work and was about to give her some of my fatherly “wisdom” from a lifetime of hatred—I mean, difficulty—with the same subject, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted some movement. I turned my head to see her eight-year-old brother, like a silent, small cat, sneak up behind her, softly climb on the bed next to her, and gently put his arm around her. They both lay there—perfectly still and not saying a word. After several minutes he dug through the pillows and hair and planted a kiss on her cheek. He then promptly got off the bed and went about his eight-year-oldness.

Shortly thereafter, my daughter got up and with a huge grin on her face—and singing to herself—thoroughly refreshed, picked up her sword (pencil), and rejoined the battle.

Speechless and Tearful

I was speechless and tearful. I had just witnessed the best metaphor for what it means to be a Christian in this world. In the midst of others’ pain, despair, heartache, disease, depression, destruction, and death, we, as Christians, are called to comfort and love others just as my son did for my daughter. Jesus calls us to love like crazy.

Paul wrote to the Christians at Rome: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone” (Romans 12:10-17).

I have a question for you: where in your life can you do something to rejoice with those who rejoice and to mourn with those who mourn? Be like my son and pray today that God will help you to see the world with His eyes and then be His hands, His feet, His mouth, and His heart.

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