With fists clenched, you step up to the edge, teetering on insanity. The small, circular piece of metal in your hand will not control you any longer. You must let it go. You must save humanity. You must complete this quest to destroy the ring. After all, it was entrusted to you.
Oh, wait a second. That’s Frodo. Lord of the Rings. Right.
How easy it is to place ourselves in the scene with the hero. We want to feel exceptional and courageous. Until we remember the characters are standing in front of a blue screen, and he’s not even Frodo. He’s an actor.
On this side of Middle Earth, life is just, well, ordinary.
The reality of ordinary
Situations from the past define us. The future scares us. Whatever the present holds easily engulfs us.
Some days, it feels almost second nature to drift off either in a memory of the past or a dream of the future. All the while, the present too quickly transitions to past, and you’ve lost your grip on the whole thing.
It’s not uncommon to watch a movie with an underdog hero who goes above and beyond what everyone expected and grow slightly unsatisfied with yourself. At first, you’re convinced that if you had the opportunity, you would destroy the Death Star, you would lead a revolution against the Capitol, you would make that trip to Mordor and destroy the ring.
But then you second-guess yourself.
This second-guessing and dissatisfaction emerge from thoughts of, “What am I accomplishing? How do I make a difference each day?” True, rings that require destroying run in short supply, but if you take a closer look at your day-to-day, you will find rings scattered throughout your routine.
Well, maybe not a ring that needs destroying. But you’ll at least find some exceptional hidden in your ordinary.
A deeper look
Each day, God places something — or some things — in your path to challenge what you call ordinary. Instead of idolizing your time, your routine, your excuse to remain ordinary, take a deeper look at your normal.
As a follower of Jesus, your ordinary day automatically jumps to the level of exceptional and courageous. Because you aren’t living just to get to the end of the scene. You have a purpose. God’s specific purpose He created just for you.
Not unlike the hero of your favorite movie, you need to live each day with wisdom and make the most of every opportunity, for you will face evil (Ephesians 5:15-16). The prince of this world wants you to believe you are simply ordinary. That your world is just routine. If you believe that lie, then you will not be exceptional in your “ordinary,” and you will fail at giving your best to God each day.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
Whenever you begin to feel “just ordinary,” choose to take it as a challenge for growth. The Holy Spirit will stir something inside of you, pointing to the fact that God created you to accomplish great things for His kingdom. If you do not strive each day to accomplish whatever God has for you, then why should you feel satisfied with ordinary?
Choose to grow from your past and not live in it. Choose to live today in order to become the person God created you to be for tomorrow. And if tomorrow brings a ring of power that requires destroying, you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it.
For now, continue searching for opportunities to bring Him glory, the only task that will help you realize your ordinary is in fact exceptional.
Let’s Talk About It: How can you overcome your thoughts of having “just an ordinary” life?