Let’s be honest. Normal is over-rated. And besides that, it isn’t working. It’s time to get weird. According to my friend, Craig Groeschel, it’s time we embraced this fact. In a minute, I’ll tell you how to get a copy of his new book FREE.
As you may know, Craig is the senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, the fastest growing church in the U.S. He is also the author of several great books, including It, which I reviewed some time ago. His new books is called Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working. (Don’t you just love that title?)
Recently, I had a chance to interview Craig about his new book. (By the way, I did this via Skype, but, due to a glitch, the software only recorded his side of the video.)
Craig starts in the book and in the interview with Jesus’ famous saying,
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13–14).
According to Craig, what most people call “normal” is the broad path. Most of us go out of our way to fit in with the crowd and appear normal. But Jesus calls us to the narrow path, which, to the world, appears “weird.”
Craig then takes that basic premise and applies it to five key areas:
He covers each of these in three separate chapters.
In this video interview, I zeroed in on his application to time management, since I know that so many leaders struggle with this area. I asked him the following five questions:
- When it comes to how we use our time, what does normal look like to most people today?
- What is the role of courage in taking back control of our time?
- Technology can be a huge time suck for most families. How did you and your wife Amy address this in your own home?
- The biblical concept of the “Sabbath” is definitely weird by today’s standards. What assignment did your your counselor give to you and what did you discover?
- What does a Sabbath day look like at the Groeschel household?
I loved this book, and I think you will too. I found it inspiring and challenging. I’m ready for weird. Are you?