I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop. Honest.
But when you’re at a baseball game sitting two feet behind a family with small children, sometimes you can’t help but catch a snippet or two of the conversation. And while the context of that conversation was totally innocent, there was one comment that got me thinking. Mom 1 said to Mom 2:
“…Don’t argue with him if he wants to be normal!”
It made me wonder: Is normal what we’re striving for? Is that enough?
We’re living in a noisy world filled with people striving to stand out, as so aptly pointed out by best-selling author and blogger Michael Hyatt in his new book, Platform. While we all aren’t destined for the limelight, I’m not sure that shooting for mediocre is really the way to go, either.
Consider it this way:
How many of us would be overjoyed with…and feel affirmed in the following situations?
- “Honey, how do I look?” (insert dress twirling) … ”Ummm…Normal!“
- “Mom, Look at my drawing!! I worked on it all day at school! Do you like it?” … “Awww, sweetie, …it’s normal.”
- “Sir, here is your job review for this quarter. We’ve decided that you are perfectly…normal.”
- “Welcome to our school! We’re so proud of the work we’re doing. We’re very normal.”
Why God wants more from us
- Because Christ gave all — he gave his whole self, his entire person — to redeem us. How can we respond by giving only a fraction of ourselves in return?
- Because Christ desires that we live an abundant life — not a “gettin’ by” kind of life. (John 10:10)
- The New Testament repeatedly talks about God creating us to do “good works,” (Eph. 2:10) and promises that “He who started a good work will be faithful to complete it.” (Phil 1:6). Would it, then, give glory to God to simply check the “satisfactory” box?
- We were created with unique, God-given gifts (I Cor 12). To use those gifts “adequately” or “marginally” would leave the Body weak in areas. God calls us to contribute our gifts with a cheerful heart, including and especially, the spiritual gifts he has appointed each one.