The Weight of the Ordinary
In recent years it seems that people are not so burdened with the demands of success or the shame of failure but rather are crippled under the weight of the ordinary. This weight is different from the demands of success, or the shame of failing, instead it is the gravity of irrelevancy. It is a feeling that whatever we do, it is of little or no significance and then assuming then that we ourselves are of little or no significance. The weight of this feeling upon daily life leaves us uninspired or unable to act differently and see ourselves as different. It is the burden of the status quo, “this is all there is so you better get used to it life.” It is a cumbersome life that can leave us worn down, run over, and depressed. We are constantly reminded through advertising that something is wrong with us and this new pill, program, or gadget can fix us. The weight of the ordinary pushes for quick fixes to problems rather than a permanent solution.
The call then goes out against the ordinary so we can see life differently, as hopeful, and as better. We do not need to look to the next pill, program, or gadget to offer its quick fix, but we need to look to the one who created us, redeemed us, and sustains us in daily living. SO let me do a little advertising from his word:
We are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27)
God considers and looks out for us (Psalm 8)
He loves us and gave his life for us (John 15:13, I John 4:10)
God shows his continuing love for us through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5-8)
In all things God works for the good & we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:28, 37)
Because of our life in him, our life is different (Galatians 2:20)
We do not go it alone (Ephesians 4:4-6)
We have a purpose and mission (Acts 1:8)
Don’t look for the quick fixes found in false advertising of pills, programs, and gadgets. Trust the whole truth of the word of God and the good news of the extraordinary, Jesus Christ, is breaking in to ordinary life. He is Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We were created by the extraordinary hand of God to be like him, redeemed to worship him, and sustained daily to live for him. We were created to be in relationship with God and others, redeemed so that those relationships would be filled by grace, and sustained every day by the presence of his Spirit and the promise of his return. Do not be caught under the weight of the ordinary the God of the universe created you, loves you, desires a relationship with you, has given you hope, has given you a purpose and mission, and continues along the journey to sustain you day by day. Be encouraged to live the extraordinary into the ordinary of life.
God Bless each of you as you live extraordinarily for Christ.