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Apr 25

Extra Ordinary

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

I want to do something Extra Ordinary. I want to go farther than I ever have and achieve more than I can imagine. I’ve been reading over the past few weeks of people who have achieved Extraordinary things. I watched last night as Angela Miller (Angie) sang and blew away the judges, the audience, and the competition on American Idol. It’s amazing that a single person can gain so much notoriety and fame in a short amount of time. I’m amazed with the number of people who can go out on a ball court or field and do things that are ESPN Top 10 worthy. People are capable of achieving the extraordinary.

I’ve read about and seen news about the Boston Marathon bombers. They achieved something extraordinary, just not in a good way. People al over the world do some horrific things that are quite extraordinary and not at all praise worthy. Apartheid, mass killings in Somalia, Hitler, world wide crime and poverty are all things that are extraordinary, or are they?

ex·traor·di·nar·y
/ikˈstrôrdnˌerē/
Adjective
Very unusual or remarkable.
Unusually great.
Synonyms
uncommon – unusual – singular – remarkable – exceptional

These things are not at all very unusual. There isn’t a city I can think of where there aren’t homeless and broken people. There isn’t a country that doesn’t have crime at every level of it’s class system. (Yes we all live in a class system, even if it’s ignored) These things aren’t even always remarkable because we largely ignore them and pretend we don’t see the pain.

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO TRULY BE EXTRAORDINARY?????

Live like Christ. He was the direct opposite of the culture around Him. I’ve realized just how much of the culture I’ve allowed in my life as I watch TV with my Baby Girl in the room. Do I want her to see all the crime scenes? Do I want those images to be common place in her mind? Do I want her to have a worldview that is Biblical or dictated by ratings? Christ is Life, the rest is details: was what my t-shirt said back in the day. I want Madelyn to Seek out the HOLY and not what culture tells her to seek out.

In a world where we are called intolerant for saying that sin is sin, I have a question: Is being intolerant bad? When you cut your hand or leg and it gets germs in it, don’t you want your body to be intolerant to infection? When you drop your child off at a daycare or school; don’t you want them to be intolerant when it comes to hiring sex offenders, or is it ok to just hire one? When someone tries to hurt your family, friends, loved ones, won’t you be intolerant and attempt to stop that?

I love the people of this planet. I believe that sin is going to kill people(Romans 3:23). Shouldn’t I be intolerant of that sin and do everything I can to help stop the infection in our society? I DON’T HAVE TO BE UNLOVING TO BE INTOLERANT!!! I’m not unloving when I stop someone from robbing you. I’m not unloving when I don’t hire a pedophile to work with children. I’m not unloving when I tell you that sin will take your life. In fact, it’s the only way I know to truly be extraordinary.

Aug 16

One Thing Remains

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

So, I was praying this morning. I love saying that. It makes me feel great knowing that I took some time in my Secret Place (Matthew 6:6) with my Creator. I wish I did so much more than I do.

Toward the end of my time with Him, I asked Him exactly what He wanted to say to Livingston First Assembly on Sunday. He gave me a scripture that I pulled up on my computer to research when I was finished. That in and of itself was awesome and amazing, but that’s not “the rest of the story”.

I had a song in my mind all morning and even from yesterday. I had thought about searching it on Spotify and it was the song listed on my iPod to play next, but I decided just to let things play on Spotify and not try to fabricate an emotion or experience because of a particular song. I’m not big on emotionalism in worship and prayer. I want real, and I know that doesn’t always happen because of emotions. I felt like God was being very clear to me on so many levels today so I was loving that just conversational connection with my Father, My Savior, and the Holy Spirit. I sometimes deny my emotions so as not to falsify an experience or have it be all about me. I had even turned the music all the way down so I wasn’t distracted Pokies.

I decided to turn the music back up and just worship for a little while before continuing my study. Within seconds the song One Thing Remains(the song I had been wanting to play all morning)  started to play on Spotify. I couldn’t deny any emotions after that. It was like God was saying that He wanted to bless me and communicate with me on every level today. He has a way of enveloping me in His love. I felt this morning like He was wrapping me up and holding me. It was awesome. He explained to me that He wanted a very real relationship with me too, but this real relationship will be on every level if I will allow it to be.  You have to go listen to the song to understand just what God was trying to say.

I can’t shut Him out on certain levels and expect that He will talk to me just on His terms. I think we do this with God a lot. I think we do it with each other too. I don’t have any complete answers and I don’t know if I can build any huge spiritual teachings out of this, but I know He spoke to me.

I don’t always share super personal times like this, but I just kinda felt like it today. Celebrate with me that God takes time to speak to the least of us. Truly humbled this morning.