My coffee cup says “escape the ordinary.”
And I think the best lesson I have learned recently is: I am ordinary, but that is okay, because I am serving an extraordinary God.
It is easy to scroll through social media and begin to desire extraordinary things, thinking this will solve the void in our hearts.
Idk about you, but thoughts like this often distract and discourage my heart and mind:
“If I just had that... I could be extraordinary...”
“If I could just write like her, I could be extraordinary...”
“If I just had that gift she has... I could be extraordinary...”
“If I could just live in that certain place...I’d be extraordinary.”
And so on...
I think these desires often prevent the Spirit of God from doing extraordinary work in our lives because we miss out on the blessings that come by being faithful and obedient in the every day ordinary.
While I think it is so important to constantly be learning and growing, it is even more important to protect our hearts and minds from the Word of God being choked out in our present everyday lives.
The best explanation of this is by Jesus:
In explaining the parable of the sower and discussing the importance of preparing the soil of our hearts for the Word, He warns us of things that have potential to choke out the Word. He says:
“And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” Mark 4:18
In case you missed it, things that put us at risk for choking out the extraordinary Word of God:
- Cares of the world
- Deceitfulness of riches
- And the desires for other things.
- Jesus says these things choke out the Word and make us unfruitful.
- So what can we conclude?
- Learn to lean into the fact that being extraordinary does not come by our own power and glory, or by riches, or by desiring other things. But by being faithful and obedient in the every day ordinary; serving and bringing glory to an extraordinary God.