What’s cool is that when we do take a chance, and have friends that support us, despite obstacles, doubts, and the inevitable fear that tries to take control, we can push on.
In my own life, I may come off, to some, as a religious nut or a Jesus freak. People think that because I talk about Jesus that I must somehow be one of those evangelicals they see on the news. This is hard, as few understand, or even try to understand, what I’m up to.
To the religious, I may appear to be the antichrist. I tear apart the gospels, question century old tenants, and reinterpret beloved passages.
At times, I feel like an outsider in the world with no place to turn.
I was talking about this struggle with a close friend. He responded with one of the more profound moments of our friendship. He said if someone accuses you of going off the deep end, I will be there by your side to encourage them to ponder what it is they love about being in the shallow end.
I hope you find friends like this. God is a great start.
Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson