No Ordinary People

why your dream makes you extraordinary

We tend to use dramatic language here, have you noticed?

We call your life an Adventure.

We say that "goals" are too mundane, too safe. We use a capital "D" for your Dream.

What's with all the drama? Are we overstating and inflating our ordinary lives, your ordinary life, into something more grandiose than it truly is?

We talk of a "calling"--making it sound noble, and perhaps that relegates it to a realm that you fear you will never reach.

You believe that you aren't going to reach anything so lofty-sounding, and truthfully, you don't feel the pull or the call of it.

In reality, you feel the pull and the call of something much more ordinary. Something more in line with the gifts and skills, the experiences and passion of your everyday heart.

So if none of that is a "calling," and there's only the stuff of ordinary lives, then what are we to do with that? Do we plod through our lives, believing ourselves to be nothing more than ordinary?

C.S. Lewis says this, in The Weight of Glory:

"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendors."

Given that we are immortal beings, perhaps even the word "Dream" is too ordinary!

So rather than toning it down, let's turn it up.

Let's talk about the adventure of your life as a Quest!

A Quest implies danger, difficulty, and near or actual impossibility.

And yet adventurers are committed to seeing the quest through to the end, or to die trying.

Quest elevates the effort to be more vitally important than an insubstantial dream, and more inspiring than a lackluster goal.

What will it take for you to recognize the extraordinary-ness of every person's purpose in this world?

Including, perhaps most challengingly, your own?

All of this is not to say that you are greater than your neighbor, that you ought to think more highly of your own agenda, of your own self, than you do of others.

Our problem is that we see nearly everyone as quite ordinary. When in reality, we are in the presence of immortals who were fashioned for a purpose before the foundation of the world. All the days ordained for us were written in God's book before one of them came to be. (see Psalm 139:16)

So... what are you questing for?

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