The most interesting people I meet are ordinary people like you. (In my world, that’s a remarkable compliment.) Ordinary is hard to find among this hyped-up culture high on attention-grabbing antics. Our celebrity/five-minutes of fame/selfie world grasps for excitement and personal validation.
Am I good enough?
Did you see what I did?
Do you like it?
We pin first world wonders on Pinterest and accumulate ridiculous quantities of “friends” on Facebook.
Am I interesting enough now?
We glamorize the daily grind on Instagram as evidence that our normal life is above ordinary.
Our culture is so focused on the appearance our life gives to strangers that we don’t consider what we offer God.
Romans 12: 1-2 (NLT)
And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Our imperfect family’s story didn’t just begin on a prayerful road trip, it began the day my husband and I linked arms with God at a garden’s alter and said, “I do.” Emotionally, spiritually, financially, physically we have experienced the extremes of have’s and have not’s; ease and struggle. These events are our story and reveal more of God’s story: Unfailing, never-stopping love and redemption.
Our Life is All God’s Wants
Most people say public speaking terrifies them, that they could never write yet every single person, quiet, shy, gregarious or obnoxious is telling the world their story through their actions. At this very moment we are living the story of our life and salvation! When it ends, we won’t have the luxury of sitting comfortably in our favorite chair with a book The Story of My Life.
If you feel like a clog in the wheel hit refresh and consider the people you come in direct contact with who currently influence you.
Today we opened our home to friends and family, an opportunity for goodbyes and the best donuts in town. I’ve never been that girl with a stereotypical group of girlfriends joined at the hip; my friends come from here, there and everywhere. As I introduced friends their story flowed through my mind. They’re amazing people I wanted to introduce them to each other!
Friends that choose to find reasons to laugh and smile.
Resilient friends who cling to God when life pushes hard.
Friends who pursue life quietly.
Diligent friends who stick to God’s calling despite disagreeing.
Friends living by faith that God will provide in every way.
Each friend has a story impacting my life because they are faithful with the daily grind. Try all we want, it’s impossible to wait and read our story in its entirety. In the ordinary and extraordinary days alike catch a glimpse of God’s unfolding (often monotonous, sometimes overwhelming) story of your life and those around you!