Why You Should Never Accept Ordinary

Can we get a coffee and chat? I mean, just you and I sitting on a couch gabbing away? Let’s talk, because I’ve been meaning to tell you something.

I know you’ve been feeling ordinary lately. It happens to all of us. The routines, the schedules, the “I don’t know when it happened” melting of who you are into what you are. Titles have replaced truth. Instead of being you and all of your dreams, you’ve become more of something that someone else calls you—a wife, mother,  student, an employee, the boss, a divorcee, widow—the list is endless. Those titles have someway made you into you.

And it’s all about feeling ordinary now. Not that ordinary is bad. Ordinary is good, right?   It’s familiar, it’s safe, and it’s easy. Lives are all about normalcy. It’s all secure and packed together in a nice neat package that we take out in the morning and put back in when we go to bed.

But then the days blend into weeks, and weeks into… And before you know it, you’re feeling ordinary.

But if I could peek into your psyche, I’m thinking there are more times than not that you curse the ordinary you’ve become. It’s that internal language you have going on that tells you it’s much more than that. It’s something about you—not the routine. It’s about how you feel inadequate standing next to the woman at the market, or how you don’t look like the girl on the magazine, or how the things in your life don’t compare to the next. Those people seem to be something more, have more, striving for more—but you…well, you’re just ordinary in this big life.

Oh girlfriend, look at me—you are not! You are not just ordinary! You are so much more than that simple word describes. You have to understand me…you are not ordinary!

The life you lead may be mundane at times but YOU, the core of who you are and what you are, is anything but ordinary.

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text added by Renae Bowman

But, I know it’s easy to think just the opposite…

When you’re up to your eyeballs in changing poopy diapers.
When you spend more time in your carpool van than your home.
When your husband sees you as a secretary instead of his sweetheart.
When your coworkers don’t notice your workload.
When your house is filled with emptiness.

So I want to remind you of a few things:

You are wayyyy more than a RockStar!

“For God made man in his own image.” Genesis 9:6

You are Royalty!

“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:7

You have a purpose in this life!

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11

You are part of something bigger!

“The body is not made up of one part but of many…you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:14,27.

You have superhuman powers!

“Now we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

If I could go on and on, I’d tell you how much evidence I have to prove you are much more than you think you are.
So I want you to get this, and get this deep down into your soul…Ordinary is NOT your definition. Never was–never will be.

Moses asked once, “Who am I” when he thought he was inadequate in this world. (We all know the answer by now.) But I love how his beginning was recorded:

“At that time, Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child.” Acts 7:20

Dear friend, know that your heavenly recording is inscribed the same exact way. You were no ordinary child when God made you and you certainly are no ordinary woman now that He has given you breath.   Don’t let the humdrum of what you do, describe who you are. Because who you are, started with why you are, and why you are, started with a grand idea. May you never accept ordinary ever again!

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(May I suggest—today, tell another sister they are NOT ordinary. Let them know what you know. Do it in any which way you think best. Forward this writing with a personal message, send an email, write something on Facebook—just tell another woman who is most likely feeling very average today that they are far from it. Remind them their roots run deep and there is no ordinary in God’s creation. We are the greatest handiwork God ever made and sometimes we need those reminders.)


6 Replies

  1. Roger

    or brother…

    1. I get it Roger–brothers as well as sisters should never accept ordinary. We were all made for so much more. I wanted to remind my sisters of it today, but I’m glad you saw the bigger message. I appreciate you stopping by and I truly appreciate your support of HFR! (oh, and I can gab away and grab a cup with the guys too!–it’s keeping them there to listen that may be a struggle–haha).

  2. Devery

    Well, yeahhhhh! LOL

    1. Devery–I’ll join in your LOL!!

  3. Lori perez

    Thanks for having coffee with me this morning. God knew again just what I needed this morning. I needed a coffee break with some wonderful words to get me thru my tuff morning and slow day. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful eye opening time of how our Lord sees us once again. God bless both of you.

    1. I enjoyed our time together Lori! May your day be blessed with inspiration of exactly who you are and what you were created to be.

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