Two Mullets and a Mascot

            The two mullets bobbed vigorously in the Chevy in front of me. I couldn’t hear the song over my music, but it must have been good to make two grown men look a bit loco at the stop light.

            Is that so bad?

            I guarantee you, if these two had been at a concert with the same song, there would be a sea of mullets bobbing to the beat.

            I love music and my shorter locks have been seen bouncing at many a good concert.

            I also love baseball.

            I root for the Rockies, but I admit my favorite mascot is not Dinger.

I only lived in Pennsylvania for three years and only actually attended one Phillies game, but nothing can beat the Phanatic for shear insanity. The green snouted creature uses creatively crazy ways to show its devotion to the Phillies.

            As a result, Phillies fans are some of the most fanatic in the country.

            All this is my way of pointing you to my favorite verse of the Bible.

“If we are out of our mind, it is for the

sake of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:13a (NIV 1984 version)

            I’m not afraid to be seen as a fanatic for Jesus. If I can yell at the top of my lungs when the Rockies hit a homer, how can I do less when Jesus wins the heart of a lost soul?

            When I saw those mullets bouncing in front of me, I confess –

I felt a tinge of jealousy

over the good time they were having.

            I hope my wild joyfulness will cause people to want in on the joy in me that overflows into my actions.

            I almost hesitate to complete the rest of my favorite verse. It ends with

“if we are in our right mind, it is for you.”

(2 Corinthians 5:13, also from the 1984 version of NIV)

Yes, there is balance and appropriateness.

Just don’t let the balance tip so far

to the “safe” side that it robs your joy.

If I’m going to rob something from you, let it be your sadness, anger, and pain. And let me return joy to you.

            So, the next time you see me singing at the top of my lungs or even raising my hands in prayer while I’m driving, tell me to get a hand back on the wheel and then

sing and praise along with me.