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Purposefully Ordinary

Be Extraordinary! Do Something Remarkable!

Somewhere along the way, we begin to believe we must stand out in the crowd. Some basic need to drawing attention to ourselves is fueled by our modern “me” culture. A culture that hopes to sell us the latest gadget, the best house, the safest yet “coolest” car. How many BILLION dollars are spent hoping to sell us something to make our hair, clothes, and body get us noticedAnd let’s not forget we need to be brilliant, right!?

Should I spend big money and lots of time to be as great or better than ….. the last advertisement, the neighbor, the competitor?

I searched the Bible for the words “ordinary” and “extraordinary” and here’s what I found:

Acts 4:12-14 – NIV
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.  But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.

Acts 19:11 – NIV
God did extraordinary miracles through Paul…

So…. God does extraordinary miracles through ordinary people. God is extraordinary, supernatural.

You and I can buy all the products and education in the world to get ahead and be “Great”! But when our focus is on ourselves, we might miss the remarkable beauty of the one who has the power to:

  • make a billions people incredibly unique
  • hold the universe in place
  • create life where there is death
  • use the simple and ordinary to show the world who He is.

May God forgive us for every moment we have wasted trying to turn the world’s eyes on ourselves instead of Him. May He empower us with the courage we need to be different – to be purposefully ordinary. May everything we say and do be for the purpose of showing Him off to the world so that the world may know that He is extraordinary.

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.

3 Replies

  1. sandy and kay steward

    Wonderful Jennifer, thank you. Every moment focused on me is a moment lost in communion with my Lord.

  2. Jennifer White

    Thanks for stopping by to read and comment Sandy. I’m so grateful for how you point people to our extraordinary God!

  3. I love this post!!! Especially in this world of “read my blog, follow me, link up to me, connect to me, etc, etc, etc….and I mean that with all due respect as a fellow blogger! It was bad enough when, as a performer, I have worked places where even though you were talented enough to be hired, if you didn’t keep putting yourself and your accomplishments in the producer/director/whomever’s face in an obvious way, they assumed you didn’t care to be used…what is THAT? (And I am not a wallflower, but I don’t like to call attention to myself unless I am actually SUPPOSED to be the focus of attention…) So now, also as a small business owner who understands that Social Media is something the world has chosen to function by, I feel like it can become a constant game of metaphorically waving my hands over my head and jumping up and down to “prove” that I am viable…for an outdoorsy, peaceful quiet time girl like me,it is the exact opposite of my best way to function…(and, if I let myself hang out on the internet too long, I lose that part of me that loves the quiet) so, I turn to God as much as I can to keep it all in balance and remember that He does not work the way the world works, and that He can cause things to happen even without the internet (Gasp! did I type that out loud?)…but I have to be vigilant in going to Him for peace about it…in those moments that I don’t, I become a sad version of myself with all the issues being glorified, Not Him. HE is the one who takes my ordinary life and makes something beautiful for others….