Ordinary? Wow, do we even know what that means anymore? I consulted the Holy Grail of words – the Merriam-Webster dictionary – to see just how they define ordinary.
The definition was this: a common quality, rank, or ability.
Common, ordinary … I mulled this over in my mind as I was putting up the groceries today and stumbled upon some ordinary things. My glass measuring cup, the spoon I was using, most of the appliances in my kitchen, etc. But, what burned in the back of my mind is how poorly people think of ordinary things. Possessions for the most part. People really enjoy things that are a little more special, than ordinary.
I was raised by parents who were frugal and held some strong beliefs as to conservation, waste, and needs before wants. And they believed these things so strongly that they carried out certain practices for all their years of parenthood. It would be the same rules for me growing up – even though I was the late-comer to the family of five children. This was a difficult pill to swallow when I was in high school in the 80’s. Materialism became a very strong influence in my life as a high schooler.
As I became a military wife and mother, there was only so much money to go around and I successfully employed what came naturally to me – I was frugal. I’m now very thankful for this, but pray that my children will also see the wisdom in this way of life.
In my opinion, I think “ordinary” is who we are. I also believe in a God who makes us extra-ordinary when He is the one that influences us, and not the world.
1 John 2:17 says this …The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
I think that ordinary sounds free, and unfettered by the world and its trappings. And I think God needs us to be just that – ordinary – so that He might shine brighter than our possessions.
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