Spectacular. We like spectacular. I think we like it too much. I think we are obsessed with it. Some of us are addicted to it. Spectacular is good, don’t get me wrong… but everything good isn’t spectacular. In fact, most good that is to be found here on earth is far from obvious. It could even be called ordinary.
Ordinary sounds bad. But why?
We have heard sermons against it, read books about rising above it and even talked it down to each other. I think we’ve made a big mistake. Our problem here is we have confused ordinary with mediocre. Ordinary doesn’t have to equal mediocre. Mediocrity is a lack of a quality. Ordinary can only be synonymous with it if we allow ourselves to quit caring or quit living on purpose.
Webster defines ordinary as “the regular or customary condition or course of things.”
Short and sweet, “ordinary” is regular everyday life. We all have that. We all have a schedule, a routine, a way we do the things we do. Good news: that’s really OK. Ordinary life is the essence of life itself. It’s in the ordinary tasks of life that we get to practice our art, hone our skills and demonstrate loving kindness to people.
If life isn’t found in ordinary things, then why did Jesus say that giving a cup of water could have eternal value?
You have permission to conduct your life in the everyday. Nobody lives only in the spectacular peaks. If we tried to live that way, we’d spend the majority of our life dissatisfied. We would also overlook the miraculous, which on first glance is usually disguised as ordinary.
When it comes to the people we know who have influenced us, we rarely remember the spectacular. We usually remember the way they conducted their lives between the peaks – the everyday. They are usually unaware of the times we observed them, too. The point is that we caught them being people of extraordinary character while they were doing the ordinary.
Question: Who have been the “ordinary life” influencers in your life and how did they impact you?
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