Row row your boat, gently down, row row, gently up the stream
I sometimes (ok, honestly, almost always) find myself doing something goofy to help remind people (and Wesley) of things. For example, when Wesley and I are in a public restroom washing our hands, I purposely say the alphabet incorrectly, or sing a mixed-up stanza of “Row Row Your Boat.” This, I hope, causes him to remember that washing hands until they are clean is important; it’s not just a spritzing of water on them.
I do the same when speaking to youth about the Bible. Yes, I goof off. It’s not me, I just do it to keep their attention (I promise I’m not that way normally – ok, well…you all know me).
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because God doesn’t want us to be “normal.” The Bible very clearly states for us not to conform to the world, but to have a transformation of our mind and spirit.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 (ESV)
This doesn’t imply that we need to act “goofy,” but it does imply that we cannot be NORMAL.
Pastor Carter challenged us a couple months ago to be weird for Christ. Are YOU being weird? (for those of you who didn’t hear his message – it simply means, are you willing to be different, stick up for the Bible, and tell others about Christ). Are you weird? I am.