I long for greatness—an extraordinary life of eternal significance. Not fame or fortune or celebrity status. Rather the deep need to know that my life matters—that I will leave behind something more than a carbon footprint and a closet full of cute clothes I found at the thrift store.
WHEN GOD SHOWS UP IN YOUR ORDINARY LIFE HE CALLS YOU TO SERVE.
This season of life has me folding towels—the same 7 towels every. single. day. and making beds, scrubbing toilets, stirring soup, and teaching math and spelling. Sometimes my life in this loud house on a quiet street in the rural south leaves me with the feeling that somehow it isn’t enough—enough for me, enough for them, enough for God. There must be something out there, over there, bigger and better than this.
Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”Matthew 4: 8-9
Whatever our job or our role, we can spend our hours and our days constructing grand plans and elaborate schemes. Dreaming of our escape from this day of doing the thing we’ve done 100 times before or every day for weeks, or years or decades. We begin our days with dread and end them with regret. We loathe the same-old-same-old and regret that we lived another day walking down the same street and falling into the same hole.
When someone asks, “How was your day?”, we reply, “Good” or “Busy” or “Long”.
Why do we never reply, “Extraordinary!”?
Is not every minute sacred?
Is not every breath a gift from God?
Is not every task done before a holy master?
Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”
I am learning.
Jesus is my teacher.
God chooses the simple and makes it sacred.
He teaches me how to make the ordinary extraordinary. How to turn water into wine.
WHEN GOD SHOWS UP IN YOUR ORDINARY LIFE HE CALLS YOU TO THE CROSS.
My Enemy shows me the kingdoms of this world and tempts me with self-worship. My Savior shows me the cross and calls me to die to myself.
In my ordinary life I scrub a 1960’s-Harvest-Gold-non-self-cleaning-oven; He teaches me that no amount of scrubbing will make me clean. Only He can do that.
I clean clutter from a closet; He reveals clutter in my heart; souvenirs of unpleasant experiences and painful memories. He invites me to give them to Him.
I lie in bed, eyes wide open, sleepless with thoughts of unfinished tasks and tomorrow’s new list. He reminds me that He always finishes what He starts and that includes me.
I am learning that in Him I am clean, uncluttered, complete.
WHEN GOD SHOWS UP IN YOUR ORDINARY LIFE HE CALLS YOU TO LIVE FOR HIM.
With Him, my ordinary life is quite extraordinary.
.A task of heavenly proportion.
Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him. Matthew 4:11