I received the following as part of a newsletter from Above Rubies today. If you are not familiar with Above Rubies (www.aboverubies.org), I highly encourage you to check out the articles and books available there. God has used Nancy Campbell to radically change my outlook on having children and living out the high and noble calling of being a wife and mother. She is the editor of a great (free) magazine that has encouraged me for years and she publishes weekly email devotionals as well.
What a timely reminder that living according to God's Word is anything but ordinary...
I've coined a new word-ordinariness.
It's a place where many people live. I'm not talking about the "sameness" of your everyday tasks in the home, for even the most mundane tasks are sacred and therefore extraordinary when you allow God into them.
I am talking about living in the state of thinking like the status quo, fitting in with the humanist agenda of our society, and trusting in your own resources and understanding. There is no other word for this state than ordinariness.
To move out of this comfortable state and live in biblical mindset takes you into extraordinariness.
It is a challenging life--a realm of faith, hanging on the edge of a limb, adventures of trusting God when you cannot see where His provision is coming from, battles against the adversary, speaking up for truth and God-given convictions in the face of popular opinion, and receiving ridicule from family members and neighbors.
We are out of step with the world but in step with God. We are out of sync with public thinking in the media and humanistic education, but we seek to listen to the mind of God. It's not the easy life, but it's definitely not ordinary.
Why live in ordinariness when you can live in extraordinariness? If God has anything to do with your life, it will be extraordinary, for God is anything but ordinary.
Let's move out of the "ordinary humanistic lifestyle" into the "extraordinary biblical lifestyle.