Is your life ordinary? Do you often feel as if you are stuck in a rut and you just want to take a detour on your road of LIFE? You are not alone. Sometimes life delves out too much of the seemingly ordinary, and not enough of the extraordinary, at least it appears that way. But is life just ordinary? Do you ever feel as though there is a tug-o-war going on inside of you between wanting the ordinary and something much more? I know I do.
There is a word that is thrown around a lot without much thought (I believe) as to what it really means. It can be defined as operating by chance or an invisible force that either brings one good or ill. Know what it is? You’ve guessed it: luck. Oh yeah…Mr. Good Ole Luck, the lucky one, fortune, fortunate…you are either in luck or out of it, pretty much up the creek as it is said in an expression often heard in the South. Luck is simply leaving life to chance. Is life really controlled by chance? Or maybe I should rephrase the question this way: Are you leaving your life up to chance? Do you honestly believe that life is by chance, that just by happen stance that your life just “poofs” either good or bad? Is that really a way to live?
I know, lots of questions, but I’m trying to get you to really think about the use of that word in your life. Think of it this way: Do you want to live your life as if by chance or live your life as a person who is on purpose, driven and pursing your life with a defined outcome in mind, even if a few detours have to be made along the way?
Your life/my life is by no means an ordinary road. You are, by design, unique! There is no one who is exactly like you. No one who thinks as you do. No one who does things exactly like you do. You were created with a uniqueness all your own. You were specifically designed by a purposeful God for a purpose filled life.
Stop living like you’re just plan Jane or ordinary Joe! You are not! You are more than that!
One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 1:5. “‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; And I ordained you a prophet to the nations.'” (NKJV) God was speaking to Jeremiah about how He had specifically designed him with a purpose; to go forth and be God’s prophet to the nations. God had given him a road (a clear defined purpose) that was by no means ordinary. You can see by Jeremiah’s response in verse 6 that he felt less than ordinary and VERY unqualified for the task. Jeremiah, speaking to God, says: “‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak for I am a youth.‘” And what does God tell him? “‘Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you…‘” Isn’t that awesome! We can apply that truth to our lives: We can do whatever God has laid forth for us to do and we are to do it without fear! Truthfully, that speaks to me as well! To lay it on the line and share with those who read this blog, or who may come listen to me speak, or as I prepare book proposals for strangers to read, that paralyzing fear wants to creep in. It is easy to fear the outcome and often difficult to believe that God can directly use us for His purpose, but that is where faith comes in. Have faith, no matter what thoughts may slide in to deceive you and take your joy away! I love how Lysa TerKeurst says it in her book, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith (copyright 2005 Harvest House Publishers). Lysa writes: “…He doesn’t call the qualified but He qualifies those He calls.” Just like with Jeremiah, God can deliver each of us to do the God-filled task of our calling…all without fear! All we have to do is walk in faith that God will work in us and through us to do what He has called us to do. That is no ordinary life nor is He an ordinary God, and it is certainly not an ordinary road that any of us are on.
Never think that you are on an ordinary path in an ordinary life. You are not ordinary, so get out of that rut of ordinariness and grab hold of the extraordinary; make your road the road that God has laid out for you. Being in the center of His Will is an incredible and un-ordinary place to be. God is cheering you on!!!