When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary

December 11, 2011

in the generous life

My husband and I attend a regular gathering of believers on Thursday night.  We’ve been watching Focus on the Family videos – That the World May Know (aff link).

This week’s video shared some historical background to the story of David and Goliath.  For most of us, this story is a bit of a yawn because we’ve heard it again and again from childhood up. But let me share a thought that jumped out at me …

David was a shepherd boy.  He spent hours hanging out with sheep and … slinging stones.  That’s pretty much what shepherd boys did.  Yes, they cared for and protected the sheep, but basically they had hours and hours and hours of stone slinging … an “ordinary” skill for a shepherd boy.

When David went up against Goliath he used the ordinary skill that he had.  Yes, I know, God had to be in that moment and David took the stand he took to honor God, but did you hear me?  He stood there – just a boy with an ordinary shepherd boy skill – and took down a giant from a more advanced culture with more advanced weapons.

What about you and me?  We are “ordinary” people with “ordinary” skills.  We clean, we take the dog to the vet, we stroke fevered brows and plan menus. Can God use us to do the extraordinary?  You bet.

What if every day we got up and declared that we act “in the name of the LORD Almighty” and that “the whole world will know that there is a God in [wherever you live]”? What if we trusted that God could bring down the Goliaths of our world using us – “ordinary” women with “ordinary” skills?

I think we do not fully know the effect of what we do as wives, moms, daughters, sisters and friends.  The “ordinary” gifts that we have in life can be empowered by God to do great things when we do them to glorify Him.  Please do not belittle or think less of what you do because it seems “ordinary.”  Just be glad that you have opportunity to serve those around you to the glory of God (and watch for the miracles that come from love and generosity!).

The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. Thomas Moore

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I like this idea in general, but it might have some creative applications given today’s tip. Marriage Stones  Perhaps having a few stones around will remind me that the ordinary can be very extraordinary!  

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Be generous! Lori <><
14 days ’til Christmas!

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Ann Washburn December 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Lori, thank you for this lovely post! Mary, the Mary that was Martha’s sister, couldn’t believe that Martha was spending her time in the kitchen when Jesus was talking, and even Jesus did say that Mary had made the right choice, however, I do know that Jesus also very much appreciated the care that Martha gave in cooking food for Jesus and His followers. And Jesus Himself took the time to wash the feet of His disciples to teach the importance of servitude.

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Debi - The Romantic Vineyard December 12, 2011 at 9:21 am

Lori,
I agree with Ann, thank you for this inspiring post. I needed to hear it, and I love the stone idea from Pinterest. Thank you!
Debi

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The Generous Wife December 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Thanks, I now have a couple of stones sitting on my desk. I need the daily reminder that God can use me and my “ordinary” skills.

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