On looking “foolish” . . .

Posted on March 6, 2012 by

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It’s been said that even successful surgery looks like a murder in the middle of the operation. Having faith takes courage in a culture that frowns and jeers at us when we look, or appear to look, foolish. Faith comes from the ability to listen to that ‘still, small voice’…and knowing that you know – even if those around you aren’t quite sure.

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–excerpted from In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson

But here’s the deal: If you aren’t willing to look foolish, you’re foolish. In fact, faith is the willingness to look foolish.

Noah looked foolish building an ark in the desert. Sarah looked foolish buying maternity clothes at ninety. The Israelites looked foolish marching around Jericho blowing trumpets. David looked foolish attacking Goliath with a slingshot. Benaiah looked foolish chasing a lion. The wise men looked foolish following yonder star. Peter looked foolish stepping out of a boat in the middle of the lake. And Jesus looked foolish hanging half naked on the cross.

But that’s the essence of faith. And the results speak for themselves.

Noah was saved from the flood. Sarah gave birth to Issac. The walls of Jericho came tumbling down. David defeated Goliath. Benaiah killed the lion. The wise men found the Messiah. Peter walked on water. And Jesus rose from the dead.

Can I tell you why some people have never killed a giant or walked on water or seen the walls come tumbling down? It’s because they weren’t willing to look foolish.

I have a catch phrase: “Call me crazy.” It’s actually more than a catch phrase.

It’s become a motto.


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