When I first surrendered to the call to ministry as a teenager, I had grand and glorious ideas. I imagined that people would flock to me as I would have all the answers. They would all love me, and everything would be great. It didn’t take long for reality to set in. I quickly discovered people are cray-cray.
The Bible is full of stories where people were at their worst. Moses broke a tablet because he was so angry with those crazy Israelites. Jesus turned tables in the temple because of crazy money changers. Our Lord spoke above the multitudes and their craziness, describing them as sheep having no shepherd. People are going to act crazy, especially when they have no relationship with Christ. Believers, outside the will of God, will even act crazy.
What do we do with this craziness? Jesus was moved with compassion, as recorded in Matthew 9. We should also be moved with compassion, remembering that people most often don’t know better.
While I deal with a fair share of crazy, God, help me see them through Your eyes. May I be patient with them like You are with me. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!