Great Geico commercial!
Our two daughters are in middle school, and early on they fell right in line with pre-teen idiosyncrasies. One trend involved insulting somebody in a kind voice and immediately following it up with “but not in a bad way.” This phrase has magical powers in tweenie-land that mitigate the (somewhat) cloaked verbal attack.
“Your clothes don’t match . . . but not in a bad way.”
“You’re not as skinny as you used to be . . . but not in a bad way.”
Sometimes they’d switch it up by presenting its positive variant: “Your hair is getting gray . . . but in a good way.”
During a series at our church called Weird I wanted to share this phenomenon but I couldn’t recall examples. On the way to church I asked Jess, 12 years-old at the time, to refresh my memory. After coming through with several she asked me what the series was about. I told her and she responded, “Wait a minute! Are you going to tell the church that you think I’m weird?”
“Yes,” I replied “. . . but in a good way.”
Your faith will make you look weird to those who don’t understand it. People who act ways that aren’t ordinary are considered strange. Hebrews 11 is known as the faith chapter, but I prefer calling it the weird chapter. Abel gave the best he had to a God he couldn’t see, Abraham took odds on a long shot for a lasting legacy and Noah built a huge boat in the middle of a desert. God told them to do these things and they did, despite how weird they looked.
Anticipate your weirdness. Embrace it. And as people with raised eyebrows and furrowed foreheads shake their heads in disbelief, know that you’re weird in a good way.