Ordinary to Extraordinary!
For most of us, the thought would never cross our mind, “Today I am going to do something extraordinary.” Instead, we go about our normal routines from the moment we wake up in the morning, with maybe a couple of variations throughout the day. But, for the most part, life remains predictable, or so we think…
What we may not even realize is that our life makes a difference! As we interact with others and go about our normal routine, whatever that may be, we are touching other’s in the process. In our ordinary way, we have the opportunity to make an extraordinary difference.
I can’t help but wonder, did those who stood out in history realize at the time that they were making a difference? Or, did they simply live their life in the routine of their journey, grabbing each opportunity God gave them in extraordinary ways?
Did that barefoot little fella in Knob Creek, Kentucky ever think that someday he would be the 16th President of the United States?
What about the young boy out in the field tending his sheep; did he have any idea that he would someday be a King? When David looked up at the stars late at night, did he consider something so extraordinary was going to happen?
How about the woman who was busy going about her day raising her 19 children; did Susanna have an inkling that two of those little guys would be the catalyst for the Methodist movement? John Wesley (evangelist and theologian) and Charles Wesley (great song writer of over 6500 hymns;) both men walked the path God opened for their lives because their mother lived a daily example of an ordinary life becoming extraordinary when placed in the hands of a mighty God.
What is it in those lives of the past that took them from ordinary to extraordinary? Be it the little shepherd made King, or the barefoot boy elected President, or the mother of 19 elevating her children to start a Methodist Movement: what is it that made their lives unique? Could it be that they realized how important it was to grab each of the opportunities God placed in front of them, to essentially do everything God wanted them to do in life, no matter how insignificant it might seem at the time?
Let’s go back to a point in scripture where Paul, in Acts 13:22 describes what occurs after Saul is removed as King and David, the shepherd boy, is taking the throne.
Have you ever wondered why God has described David to be a man after His own heart? Clearly, this is of the utmost importance to God. Then He follows-up with these words, “he will do everything I want him to do.”
The same should be true for us. When God places opportunities in front of us, no matter how large, or how small, He wants us to grasp them and to do them. Why was David a man after God’s own heart? He did “everything” God wanted “him to do.”
The exciting part in doing this is that the outcome is in God’s hands, not ours. Maybe that’s how the ordinary becomes the extraordinary…when by faith we simply do what He calls us to do!
Very thought provoking. Excellent as always. I so look forward to your posts!!
Love to hear that…
Blessed by you Jackie
I look forward to reading your posts. They are always thought provoking , inspirational, and just plain good😊 Thank you for taking time to encourage living the way God wants us to.
What encouraging words! Thank you Janet!
This has been a revelation to me. Maybe because I always remember hearing the first part of the verse about David being a man after God’s own heart. But the second part was an eye opener…
Blessings to you
I needed your wise, reminding, refocusing words! I think the world too often tells us and in so many ways that “we are nothing special –quite insignificant”. Yet our God reminds us daily that we are unique and important to Him, to His plan and to bringing light to the world. Believing this is an ongoing affirmation and sometimes battle within for me. I love the simplicity yet power of your words, Regina. I’m going to try to mantra and live more purposefully. “Just show up and let God work His awesomeness in the ordinary and greatness of everyday life events”.
The simplicity of God’s word is refreshing…it is how we keep coming back to our worth in him!
It is always there and always true, but the Lord has a way of making it become fresh and new again just at the right time. Especially after we have heard so much negative stuff from the world.
Psalm 139 is a great reminder of that…You have searched me, Lord, and know me…
Love to have you come to the Bible Study!