It is interesting how sparks of revelation and insight are often experienced in the ordinary – in the mundane, everyday moments. It reminds me of a quote I read recently about teaching children to enjoy ordinary life, something that can be challenging – and therefore I would argue all the more necessary – in our celebrity hungry culture. It is something I am guilty of as well, this searching for a life less ordinary. We cannot bear to think that our lives mean nothing, that we are insignificant, that whether we live or die, it does not matter. Something in us cries out to be seen, to be chosen, to be loved and cherished. From old Hollywood glamour to 90210, from Greta Garbo and Marilyn Munroe to Jennie Garth and AnnaLynne McCord, we’ve been looking for our five minutes of fame, to take our lives from ordinary to extraordinary. In all our vain searching, in all our idolizing of human flesh and accomplishment, we so often forget the little truism that seeks to remind us: there’s no high like the Most High. And when we remember that what makes us extraordinary is that we are made in the image of the living God and that we are His children, heirs to a kingdom that has no end, and have been given power and authority to walk by the Spirit of God (Luke 10:19), well wow … that just blows Gossip Girl right out of the water.
And so the ordinary becomes extraordinary when we see our lives intertwined with the plans of almighty God. When we realize that we are an integral part of the greatest rescue operation the world will ever know; and not just to be rescued ourselves but in turn to be rescuers. When we go in the strength God gives us (Judges 6:14), He makes us the superheroes of our own stories, empowered by the blood of Jesus, the firstborn among many superheroes (Romans 8:29).
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:16-18
Do Not Strive for Extraordinary Lives …
Do not strive for an extraordinary life. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Instead find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. The joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Cry when pets and people die. Experience the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And let the ordinary come alive. The extraordinary will take care of itself. ~ adapted from William Martin