It brings hope that someone like me, an ordinary mom, can do something extraordinary.
But what IS extraordinary?
Is it saving someone’s life? Donating money to a charity? Inventing a product that changes the world?
If extraordinary means doing something huge or heroic I think I’d like to stick with my nice, ordinary life.
In fact, I think I’d like to have a little EXTRA bit of ordinary in my day – ya know why?
Because if things are ordinary that means everyone is healthy, our needs are met and my life has a balance and purpose to it.
Ordinary suits me just fine. Not because I’m boring or because I don’t WANT to be extraordinary – quite the opposite!
I think extraordinary things happen when ordinary is okay:
1. When I accept my ordinary calling to work inside or outside our home = extraordinary peace
2. When I take time to plan the ordinary parts of my day so I can feel efficient and effective = extraordinary contentment
3. When I accept my ordinary child for who they are and not who I hope they’ll be = extraordinary relationships
4. When I am able to gather ordinary people around the dinner table, without technology, and connect with each other = extraordinary joy
5. When I stay disciplined and reach an ordinary goal I had for myself (physically, spiritually, financially) = extraordinary strength
When I think about ordinary I think about the disciples. You don’t get much more ordinary than a bunch of fishermen and tax collectors – and yet Jesus chose them to be His closest companions and partners in ministry.
God is using me, just like the disciples, to be fishers of men (or pre-teens, babies, toddlers, young adults) and I need to trust that even the ordinary moments can become extraordinary when He is orchestrating the moment. My job is to obey and trust – during the ordinary and extraordinary moments. God’s power is ALWAYS extraordinary, even during the mundane, ordinary parts of my day. When we tap into that power, you and I are changing the world one diaper, carpool and lunch at a time – we can be extraordinary even during the ordinary tasks in our day.
Keep going, ordinary citizen – YOU are doing ordinary, extraordinary things!