When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” – Erma Bombeck
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. – 1 Peter 4:10
Preternatural: “exceeding what is natural or regular” – Merriam-Webster Dictioanry
To the athlete, what is your goal in life? To the aspiring writer, what is you purpose? To the person who sees themselves as normal and ordinary, what is your calling? I’ve always been bothered by the reference to people as ordinary. I’ve always thought that all people at least have the capability of being extraordinary. We all have extraordinary abilities lying inside us. Chances are, right now your brain went from being in awe of a particular individuals unmistakeable extraordinary abilities to identifying someone who seemingly couldn’t possibly be extraordinary, to trying to see that extraordinary gift in yourself and or someone you love. We all continually make judgements. We naturally try to classify. At the ends of the spectrum we classify people as criminals or saints, rich or poor, mean or kind, smart or dumb. And in the middle is the majority. In the middle is the ordinary person. Neither criminal nor saint, rich or poor. Capable of being both mean and kind, and both mart and dumb. Sadly, we too often relegate ourselves to the ordinary. Avoiding the publicity and risk of standing out, we choose to join and follow. There is a time and place to follow. It’s said that to lead you have to know how to follow. However, there is also a time to lead. A time to show off your God given ability and say no to the path that’s clearly heading over that cliff. We’ve all seen it. We all know what it’s like to follow a leader; seeing full well that we’re heading in the wrong direction. We all know what it’s like to be too self-conscious to correct an error. Many have lost their lives simply because they were too embarrassed to go public with their fears. How do we change that? How do we muster the courage to show off the extraordinary person inside? We travel the path God desires for our lives. That path is to Him. He is the goal we should all have. Whether we’re building homes, driving truck, or using our athleticism. It’s on the path towards that ultimate goal that we’re given purpose. God may have given you the ability to be the best wide receiver the NFL has ever known, but that isn’t your purpose. He may have given you the ability to capture hearts and minds through story, but that’s not your purpose. He may have given you the ability to argue a case in court better than anyone you’ve ever known, but that’s not your purpose. His purpose is so much more. His purpose for our lives is to be a reflection of Him. He calls us to be like Peter, to be fishers of men. That means using our talents and abilities. But not for ourselves. That means using our talents and abilities for Him. We aren’t all gifted athletes, or writers, or builders; but we all have what it takes to be all-stars for the highest calling. I guarantee God put it in you. And if God put something in you, who can call you ordinary? No, you’re extraordinary. You’re just what this world needs. You have the ability to be a tool in the hand of the Ultimate Craftsman. It’s in responding to His calling, in following the path towards Him, that we become truly extraordinary. He wants us all to be preternatural people for Him.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,