What Makes Us Tick

In a world that demands an immediate response to every ding, buzz and alarm, we have become ridiculously responsive with our very lives. But not the good kind of ridiculous! The unhealthy kind. At The Ridiculous Hour, we are re-thinking responsiveness and creating practical opportunities for you to do the same. Walk with us through the frames below to learn more about what makes us tick, why ridiculous responsiveness to God transforms lives and how you can join us on the journey.

About Our Name

About Our Name

The Ridiculous Hour Foundation, Inc.  Names are really important things. Every time we speak them, we draw attention to someone or something. We wanted a name that would make people so curious that they’d ask, “what’s that?”  So, here’s the why behind the three words in our name – Ridiculous Hour Foundation.

Why Ridiculous?

Why Ridiculous?

We know. We know. The word “ridiculous” generally has a negative connotation. When we hear the phrase “don’t be ridiculous” or the reaction “that’s ridiculous” we don’t stand tall ready for a great compliment. We armor-up, ready to defend our position. But when God crosses the thin space between the heavenlies and earth and walks right into our hearts, everything turns more than a little upside-down. Enemies become the ones we are called to love. The least, the lost and the lonely sit regularly at the head of the table. And ridiculously responsive living becomes the most desirable way because the One calling knows your name and He wants your best even when you don’t know what that looks like. One of our very favorite phrases here is “it’s ridiculous, in a good way!”   

What’s Up with the Hour?

What’s Up with the Hour?

It’s a question we hear a lot. Here’s the scoop. Think about all the ridiculous things you’ve felt a little nudge to do: call that woman who just lost her husband; take him a meal, he just lost his job; tell her you are praying for her. Got a few of ‘em in your head?  Good! Now, how many of those little nudges have you ignored with thoughts like these: “She may think it’s weird.” Or, “I’m not an extrovert like Fred.” Or, “I’m not a professional holy person. They are trained to do stuff like that.” Or, “It’s so small, it probably won’t make a difference.” Or, the all too common, “I’m sure someone has already done something.”  So, you ignore the nudge. Move on.  Don’t spend another minute on it.  Have you ever thought about this? Only God can see how your few minutes fit within everything else He is doing in that one ridiculous life.  Your few minutes of action combined with his few minutes of action and their few minutes of prayers with… well, you get the idea!  We can’t see what God sees.  He puts all these ridiculously “small” things together to create ridiculous hours of hope and transformation.  He puts the hours together with actions we’ll never see this side of heaven.  Our challenge is to respond when we don’t know how it all comes together.   



We love the word “foundation” because it reminds us that God is the foundation for all of life. Once our founder learned that we could have the word “foundation” in our name and still be a public charity, she said, “That’s just ridiculously awesome. Let’s do it!” So we did.

The Journey To Ridiculous Responsiveness:

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A Taste

A Taste

All our lives we taste things that are good and they make us want more. Not just food and drink, but the deeper things that give life meaning. Things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. A sample—a taste—makes us crave more. God says it’s that way with Him. The Old Testament says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8.

A Nudge

A Nudge

God doesn’t force himself on us. He nudges. He craves our loving response, not forced compliance. We find ourselves attracted to goodness – sometimes to do good; sometimes to be better people; sometimes to figure out what is good. It’s like an invisible hand poking us or guiding us or scooting us in a direction. Because God made us, He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what we need at the very deepest level – refuge in Him. So, He nudges us toward Himself. The New Testament says it this way: “It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Phil 2:13.  



Unresponsive Responses

Often, we avoid God’s nudges. “Why would God bother with someone like me?” “I’ll respond later when I get myself straightened out.” “I’m not equipped for that.”  “Someone else will do it.” “I’ll feel foolish.” “What difference could that possibly make?” 



Rethinking Responsiveness

What if God has a different plan for our response? Not to gain His affection. Not to find esteem in the world. Not to feel better about ourselves. What if He’s nudging us toward relationship with Him? Toward refuge in Him? Toward transformation? God says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Rev. 3:20. It’s tempting to believe that our goodness attracts God to us. But what if the opposite is true? What if it’s His goodness that draws us to respond to Him? What if God is working out His purposes through our responsiveness?  

Ridiculous Responsiveness

Ridiculous Responsiveness

In a world that demands an immediate response to every ding, bell and alarm, we’ve become a ridiculously responsive people – ridiculous in the not-so-good sense. The Ridiculous Hour invites us to slow down and re-think responsiveness. It moves our focus away from auto-pilot to an intentional focus on the One who made us to be responsive beings.  To seek and respond to God as a core value. This reframing makes responsiveness ridiculous, in the most wonderful sense.  

The Ridiculous


The Ridiculous Prayer

Our prayer is simple: “Lord, poke me, prod me, nudge me, lead me, point me toward Your good purposes. Give me the desire and the courage to respond to You. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, whatever is excellent, whatever is worthy of praise, set my heart on that. Set my heart on You.”

The Ridiculous


The Ridiculous Mission

Monthly, we share “mobile mission packs” filled with stories and principles of responsiveness. Most of the packs contain a responsiveness exercise or activity and an equipping piece to make the activity practical and tangible. They arrive by snail mail (ridiculous, we know) and through our monthly podcast. Won’t you join us as we grow in ridiculous responsiveness! 

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