Live an extraordinary, ordinary life
For most of the seven billion of us on the planet, we live an ordinary life. Like me, I am sure you have imagined what it is like for the rich or famous where money is no object and you are admired and appreciated for your contribution to society.
Like most of you, my life is ordinary, but I want to live an extraordinary one.
How about you?
There is nothing better than personal satisfaction. Where you are in a place where you know you have done your best or have done the right thing. A place where you can take pride in your actions. It simply brings joy to the soul.
This is a place where God wants us to be. Paul writes about this in 2 Timothy 2.15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth”.
Most of us cannot change our circumstances but we can set goals for change and work towards them, if we want to. We can decide to do our best in our work place rather than doing mediocre job, no matter what it is we are doing; we can decide to take steps for better health by taking regular exercise and keeping an eye on what we eat; we can do the best for our emotional health by talking to someone if we need to; we can decide to give to charity instead of treating ourselves once a month when the pay cheque comes in…. The list could go on ….
God wants us to live extraordinary lives; a life where we accept and acknowledge what was done for us on the cross and truly live it; a life free from guilt and pain that is replaced with the joy of knowing Christ; for, “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes” Psalm 19.8.
For me, an extraordinary person lives a life that honors Christ by being the best person they can possibly be, no matter what stage they are at in life and what they are doing. They fully use the gifts and talents they have been given and are not afraid to step out with them. They take risks that help them confront their fears and come out the other side. They fully acknowledge the presence of Jesus in their life and are not afraid to share it.
There is nothing more empowering.
This life is a test.
It is not to determine how much money we make, but rather do we make a difference. Do we make the most of what we have been given? Do we show the love of Christ towards ourself and others? If you do, that’s an extraordinary life worth celebrating.
Don’t be fooled by what the world sees as brilliant or extraordinary. When you come to the end of your life, the Lord will only look at the love He has given to you and what you did with it.
And remember, in Christ there is only extraordinary!
Have a blessed day,
Carol J. Kelso