That’s what a close friend of mine shared as met up for the first time in a while. In that very moment I could have tried harder to give a bible verse or some words of encouragement. But in all honesty, I felt it too.
Wake up. Work. Eat. Work out (sometimes). Attend a small group bible study once a week. Pray regularly. Hangout with friends. Serve at church on Sunday. Repeat.
Sometimes that familiar routine can get to a point where life feels rather ordinary.
You are doing all of the “right” things and somehow you find yourself questioning if this is all that life is meant to be and if what you’re doing really means anything.
I’ve always been a dreamer and go-getter. I often find myself in situations where I expect big things to happen and that somehow life would change dramatically. But I’ve also learned that chasing after a dream or an idea without the guidance of the Holy Spirit can lead to its own destruction. So what are you to do when your day to day routines feel a little too ordinary? Why does it seem like life is moving slow even when I’m doing all of the right things?
As I found myself asking and reflecting on these questions, God was also putting His own questions on my heart. Was I comparing the pace of my life to someone else’s life? Was I holding myself to the standards and expectations that other people had of me? Was I looking for an escape route to something more exciting than having to press into the things that I found to be mundane? Was I looking to make selfish decisions?
I was looking for every reason to justify “no,” but in all honesty the answer to every question was yes.
Yes, I was comparing my life to close friends and those that I admired. Yes, I was looking to please the people in authority that held high expectations of me. Yes, I was looking to run away from all that was familiar. Yes, I wanted to make decisions to benefit me and only me.
Father, rid me of me. Father rid me of me so that I can see you.
That was my prayer.
Proverbs 19:3 says, “People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.” We can get so caught up in our own desires and self-created situations that we fail to see God. We get angry with the things that are not happening and wonder why we can’t hear from Him. We cannot hear from God because we are putting ourselves and our personal agendas above Him in hopes that somehow it would align with his will for our lives.
The first step was to evaluate the state of my heart, to ask God to rid me of me in order to see what He had right in front of me.
God help me to redefine the “big” things in life. Remind me that you go before me and your kingdom is first. Today, and all the days that follow, I’m choosing to let you in.
I so vividly remember writing that in my journal. I decided on that day that I want what God wants and I want what God wants for me. In Matthew 26:39 Jesus prayed, “‘not as I will, but as you will.’” It was a matter of aligning myself with God just as Jesus prayed before dying on the cross.
The things that seem ordinary to me is not ordinary to God.
Wake up. Work. Eat. Work out. Attend a small group bible study once a week. Pray regularly. Hangout with friends. Serve at church on Sunday. Repeat.
It is God who wakes us up every morning. It is He who provides for us. It is He who orders our steps. Leading and attending a small group allows us to grow in our relationship with God and to grow in community with others. It builds up the body of Christ and gives us the opportunity to encourage one another through the trials and triumphs. Certain friendships are established in this current season to remind us that we don’t walk this life alone. Our consistent prayers dismantles strongholds and allows for transformation to take place. And serving the church on Sunday prepares the space for someone else to experience our mighty God.
It is when we are faithful to the things that He calls us to that we experience the power of God.
This is far from ordinary. In Galatians 6:9 Paul encourages the church, “so let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
That’s how God redefined the “big” things in life for me.
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So maybe life gets to a point where it feels like it’s moving too slow and nothing is really happening. My encouragement to you is to align your heart with God’s heart. Ask Him what He has for you and what He’s calling you to right now. It may start with being intentional with the people you encounter regularly. It may be stepping out of your comfort zone to develop an authentic relationship with someone different from you. Maybe it’s investing time and resources in the next generation. Assignments from God will look different for each individual and will vary from season to season. But nonetheless we are given an assignment for a purpose greater than ourselves. Are we willing to say “yes” to God’s will?