Reflections4Life™ May 28, 2017
"An Ordinary Life"
"Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody." Romans 12:15-16
Scripture Contemplation: Daniel 10; Romans 12; James 4…
God is doing extraordinary things through the lives of ordinary people. It is not extraordinary people doing ordinary things that are making a difference. No, it is those of us—ordinary people—who follow God's lead and determine in our hearts to walk in obedience, that is doing wonderful, marvelous, and extraordinary things. Extraordinary to others but the same old thing for us because we are doing what we love for Who we love.
I declare that this week's Reflections is a continued source of encouragement for your hearts, minds, and soul. God desires to give us understanding and insight to the parts of our hearts and souls that we may have felt stagnated in. Lay on the altar, giving it all to God for direction. Trust God to lead you into places He has ordained for your life.
It is amazing to me when I see and hear the extraordinary things and accomplishments that everyday, ordinary people are doing. It encourages and inspires me at the same time to continue to go forward in the plans of God, allowing Him to lead me on the path that He has ordained for my life. What I have learned on my life's journey, that our ordinary, everyday self can and will do amazing things on this earth when we take a moment to not first think of ourselves but the needs of someone else.
The average person may often look at their life and feel as though what they do and contribute is not much. That, the extra sandwich they made and shared; the bag of clothes and shoes; the nearly used purses filled with toiletries; that bottle of water; that cover, that blanket, that cupcake or cookie sale, were all just very small things that really do not make much of a difference. They were just doing their part, but not really making much of a huge difference. That "average" person would be wrong. That ordinary person, with the selfless heart, just did an extraordinary thing. Sometimes they may never know how great an impact they truly had, but the blessings of God will visit them in return.
That extra sandwich? Fed someone that had not eaten in days and gave them hope that someone does care. That bag of clothes and shoes? Helped someone who needed new clothing for a job interview that would change their lives and their family's lives. Some child was able to feel comfortable going to school with clean and new clothes. Three more outfits than what they had which were none. The purses filled with toiletries? It went to women and teen girls that are homeless and have no extra money for the basic necessities of that we take for granted. The generosity touched their hearts and encouraged them to keep pushing forward. They feel clean and human again. They were so inspired they turn around and give from what they have and now are inspired to give back and work with the people they used to be. That bottle of water? It was not only used for thirst but to wash. It gave life. That cover and blanket? Kept people warm and shielded from the cold and the other elements of the weather. That bake sale? Helped pay for several families meals for three months. Enough time for that mother, father, guardian to gain employment, and does not worry about putting food on the table and feeding their children until they could provide; especially after being turned away from a food bank that just ran out of food and had to turn them away.
I would be remiss not to mention the ordinary men and women that did the extraordinary every day when they made the decision to serve this country. We honor each service man and woman for the sacrifice they have made to ensure the safety and liberty of their country. Blessings to the families of those extraordinary men and women. We are forever indebted to their sacrifice and we remember and celebrate them this Memorial Day.
Ordinary people doing what they would normally do but have extraordinary impacts. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things because they dare to follow their hearts and take a chance on humanity and find themselves creating organizations, inventing products, saving lives, organizing grass root organizations, raising funds, giving freely of themselves, changing lives for the better forever. Giving their lives.
Beloveds, God uses ordinary people. You do not have to come from a rich family to be wealthy. You can be wealthy in heart, mind, and spirit, wealthy in character, in love, and a desire to serve and make a difference. God is using ordinary people with a heart that malleable to His touch; with a teachable spirit, to do extraordinary things every single day. He just looks for a willing heart to follow His lead.
Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."
My Beloveds, may the spirit of peace and prosperity finds permanent rest in your lives. I decree that every good thing that God has ordained for your life will become evident to you. You do not need any special skills to be used by God; to be His instrument; His hands, feet, and voice on the earth. He just needs a willing heart, ready and willing to serve and share love. You are blessed. Now go…and be a blessing!
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