When I downloaded Kevin Williams’ book, Irrational Kindness, I didn’t anticipate the fire it would ignite in me. Kevin is the franchise operator of three Chick-fil-As in my town. We knew each other years ago as parents and active members of our home church located in nearby Woodstock, Georgia.
I always knew him as joyful, reflective, kind, over-the-top generous, and Mr. Positivity. His book did not disappoint. He reads the stories on Audible of his successes, failures, family road trips, driven competition, and experiences through a faith-in-Jesus lens and laugh-out-loud ridiculousness. The book is an absolute delight. He shared of his grandparents, his family, his Chick-fil-A Canton team, and shines the light on so many people in a Forrest Gump kinda way that he is not the focus, only the thread of all of these experiences of irrational no-holding-back, all-in plays. I was so inspired I went directly to one of the restaurants and purchased almost 20 books to give away to kidmin champions and colleagues at my local church and in my kidmin network before I even finished listening to the Audible version. In true irrational kindness and super generous fashion, each book was personally signed and included two stickers along with a gift card for a free sandwich.
Irrational behavior is ‘one of the most difficult behaviors to deal with. When someone is being irrational, they don’t listen to reason, logic, or even common sense…And until that need is fulfilled, or they snap out of it, the irrational person can be unpredictable and sometimes even dangerous.’
I was so inspired, I called a friend who is accustomed to my ‘I’ve got an idea’ and the Irrational Taco Tour began to take shape.
Every local church I have ever known has a nearby, favorite place for Taco Tuesday. Inspired by Kevin, I look at the faithful disciples leading littles and their bigs in the local church as needing a shot of irrational behavior in their lives, so we’re headed their way.
We set up a Google form with some basic questions like name, church name, district in North Georgia, and the address of their local taco joint. There are 8 districts in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. We had 9 responses within the first 6 hours with all districts represented.
Yeah, we’re doing this!
With a copy of Kevin’s book in hand, some moustaches, sombrero headbands, and who ever wants to road trip from our district or picked up along the way, we’ll meet over a table for tacos with encouragement, no-fluff, irrational challenges to live out the life of an irrational disciple who has a platform, a local church, and influence to push through, grow resilience muscles, and make some noise for Jesus in their hometown.
This I know. Everyone wants a story. “A crazy pursuit of an extraordinary life,” writes Kevin. A big story. An Esther, Shadrach, John, Daniel story. I want stories of irrational behavior with Jesus friends who behave irrationally to love littles and their bigs to Jesus.
Kevin writes, “Failure becomes opportunity. Frustration becomes persistence. Deformity becomes strength. Being last becomes being first. Old age becomes a second wind. Uncertainty becomes a chance to dream. Problems we can’t control become an invitation to start looking up to a big God who controls everything.”
I hope I never snap out of it!
What is inspiring you to pursue an irrational, extraordinary life? What are you doing about it? Who are you inviting on the journey?
Our first stop? Los Mezquites Mexican Grill in Adairsville!
Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”