While on my short trip to ATL this past week, I listened to one of my favorite jazz saxophonists, Candy Dulfer and her song Crazy Love. It has a wonderful beat that makes you want to get up and dance and is one of those fun songs you can go on vacation with. But, it reminded me of how often in my own life love was misunderstood, I guess you could say I was more crazy about love than loving in a loving way. Let me please explain.
I see two couples at Campus struggling with cancer, one a man the other a woman. Let's just use first names and say I have listened and looked at the struggles and thought of how their spouses, Randy and Julie have responded. Both post results, reports and have extended great thanks to all who are supporting them and at the same time have given their spouses all they have. They are true heroes to me and they have demonstrated what Crazy Love is all about.
I have learned with great pain that love is not love until it becomes hard to love. Easy to love when you are all tingly and giddy and everything is going great, but so much more difficult when hardships come, especially when they repeat. In the case of Randy and Julie, they had to stand by
their love when every day was a new adventure in what may transpire. They could lose, they could win, but they were still all in. They probably did not realize what impact they were having on other folks like me, but again what they have is Crazy Love.
Let's go back a little farther to about 2000 years ago when a man from Nazareth died for the sins of every good and every despicable person on earth, that was definitely Crazy Love! What was even crazier was that 12 men of courage and the faith that what they saw was real and what they felt was love for what they followed, would put their lives on the line for their belief.
Then, they wrote about it and those words absolutely jump out at you from scripture: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. Or his spouses, his country or his belief in his cause. That is real unbelievable Crazy Love!
With all due respects to Candy, that love you are talking about got me in a boatload of trouble. That love that Randy and Julie, and Jesus and those apostles demonstrated changed my heart and though I may be still a little crazy, the way I love now is so much better and so much more fulfilling.
The words from that song take on a new meaning now, you give me crazy love. Difference now, I am crazy for Christ, seems like I read that somewhere else....
2/29/2016 06:42:22 am
Beautiful comments, Glenn. I believe we can only truly love others, as Christ has told us to do, when we have Jesus as the core of our entire being.
2/29/2016 08:37:11 pm
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.