There is no greater calling than the one God has already put you smack in the middle of. I've learned this the hard way. We seek the big time before we've mastered little league. I've sought the big time, and boy have I sucked at little league.
I've quested for the big dreams, the big calling, the BIG MINISTRY, the big business, you name it - I've lusted for it. It took me a long time to figure out that what I thought I wanted wasn't what I needed. God already has me right where He needs me.
When you're a stay-at-home Mom turned Homeschool Mom, in your head your life is literally the definition of ordinary. You are largely unnoticed. Most people don't understand you or what you do. You do much of the same thing every single day with the same little people. Yes, I'm there with you and I understand if you feel you live the painfully ordinary life.
But we don't have to believe that lie. Because when we view our life as just 'ordinary' we miss the mark by a long shot. No one life is ordinary and no one person is ordinary - we are all unique with unique gifts and callings and we were placed on this earth in this season, in this century for a PURPOSE.
The Christ-life is upside down, friends. The world says, continuously strive for more, more, more! Don't settle for the 'ordinary'! No, you need a bigger house, a new kitchen, a better wardrobe, a better job, more money, more success, more exposure...
He says, be glad, no - rejoice! right where you are. I know, crazy, right?
Because when we long for something else, we miss what is right here. I know a lot of successful people that are missing the right here. The kids, the husband, the family life, the friends, everything that really matters - missing it. And if we're missing it, we're ruining it, and we never get a second chance at this very moment.
When we long for something else,
we despise what we've got.
And isn't that like saying we deserve more? Different? Better? Aren't we saying to God, "Hey, you ripped me off!"
It doesn't mean we can't dream - of course we can. But it means the dreaming for the future should never cause us to despise the present. Whether you're a Mom who longs to succeed in business or ministry, other areas of life or you're a single professional who longs to be a Mom - rejoice. Right where you are.
What one person views as 'ordinary' another thinks is whimsical. The grass is always greener, isnt' it? What Christ says is this: be content right where you are. Until we can grow in maturity to fully embrace where God has placed us, He can never take us further. We can never fully, completely enter into this season and know that nothing surrounding us is meaningless.
Everything is beautiful and crazy and wildly spiritual. Don't believe for one moment that your days are just blips - ordinary nothings. Reject the lies and embrace the truth. Your life is scared, your minutes are blessed, and your weeks are spattered with grace.
Let's stop striving for the next season. It may never come - nothing is guaranteed. We can't throw away today for an unknown tomorrow. Look around you this moment and embrace where you are right now... and I'll do the same.
Written for Five Minute Friday with the word "ordinary".