Sunday, October 10, 2010

No Ordinary Day

What a day! Oh my what a year!
I know people who were married today.
I know people who had an ordinary day today.
Have you ever heard the saying, "Do ordinary things in an extra-ordinary way"?
I love that!
It is a great reminder that even the most mundane of tasks can be extra special.
For instance: When I prepare a roast, I like to season it and sear it in a hot cast iron skillet before I let it cook and simmer for hours till it's yummy and soft and tender. The extra effort is worth the flavor to me and my family.
Today may be ordinary, but I'm challenged to make it extra-ordinary...even if it isn't my wedding day. I don't want it to slip by and be ordinary.
At different times lately, several people have shared hurt and problems with me. Sorrow and hardship are everywhere. They are grasping for answers. Hope and faith are waining. I know how easy it is to feel that way. Sometimes my heart feels like it could burst for the pain and uncertainty that people express. At the end of a day there is exhaustion from the weight of all of it. In the darkness of night sleep evades me as I pray and look for answers to know what to say...what to to help.
My first response is to say, "You can't give up! You must hold on to faith and hope."
However an extra-ordinary response is from the scripture and the power of Christ. This verse gives me courage.
"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. ~on the contrary~ they have DIVINE power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
New Testament Second Corinthians Chapter 10 verses 3 through 5 NIV
So go ahead and take this ordinary day and make it extra-ordinary.
Do ordinary things in an extra-ordinary way.