Tony Miltenberger is a husband, father, and follower of Christ. He is currently serving as the lead pastor at Restoration Church Centerville, ohio.

A little bit of crazy.

A little bit of crazy.

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I need an outlet for my crazy. My crazy comes in the shape of people. If I'm not meeting with, talking to, or hearing stories from people I go crazy. I crave it; need it. The worst thing that can happen to me is to be isolated. If you put me in solitary confinement I would go crazy. I'd go all Tom Hanks and start talking to a volleyball or something. I would just need to talk to someone, or something, about ANYTHING. Sometimes, when I need to be around people I will storm into a room and just start talking, regardless if anyone is ready to hear it. It can be overwhelming, fun, and sometimes a little startling.

My mentor always has to ask the question, "why?" Why does this happen, or why did I do that? He is on a mission for the reason. That is his version of crazy, and I love that about him.

I believe that we all have our version of "crazy", and when I'm honest it isn't that crazy at all. It is just the way God made us. It is part of the dynamic that makes me who I am. I once heard someone say, "We are made in the image of God, and it is clear to me that God has some pretty different images."

What I love about that thought is that it is okay to be different; it is okay for each of us to have our own brand of crazy.  We are all made in the image of God.

What I'm learning in my journey is that we all have a part of our image of God that feels a little crazy, and that is okay. The challenge is to learn how to manage it, tell others about it, and give it outlets so that it doesn't take control of your life. 

I don't know about you, but once I get clear about how to put my crazy out there then all of my relationships get stronger.

God is beautiful, and since this is part of how God made us, then a little bit of crazy is beautiful, too.

It's all in the family.

Getting past the initial reaction.