In the book, Deep Change, Robert E. Quinn tells of a man who daily drove twenty miles to work, always following the same route. Eventually the daily journey became predictable and boring because he saw the same sights every day. While his car was being repaired, he drove his son’s van to work and though he followed the same route he was amazed at the new things he observed. The reason he was observing new sights was that the driver’s seat in his son’s van was approximately 12 inches higher than the driver’s seat in his sedan. He was able to see over the fences and shrubs and new things came into view. Quinn concludes his story with “Our daily lives…are filled with structures that keep us from seeing more accurately. A change in perspective can greatly alter how we see and relate to the world.”
Do you ever feel that your life is just ordinary? Your daily routine includes working long hours, more financial responsibilities than financial resources, and little evidence that you are really making a difference in life. Life can become boring, monotonous, and appear to be just ordinary. Ordinary is not a negative term for believers in and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. The power of God dwells in ordinary people doing ordinary things and providing extraordinary results. The New Testament goes to great lengths to show that the disciples of Jesus were ordinary people. They struggled with feelings of exhaustion and inadequacy and had to be frequently reminded to not be concerned about recognition and power. Yet, the book of Acts is the story of God doing extraordinary things through ordinary people. They offered to God the ordinary things of life like their work, energy, and money and God accomplished the extraordinary.
God still uses ordinary people giving ordinary gifts to do extraordinary things. Often when we see our ordinary routine pattern from a different perspective, we create space in our lives for God to do the extraordinary things he desires for us. Instead of seeing money as a means of making your life easier and better, take the view from higher ground and see financial resources as belonging to God. Instead of seeing your tithes (10% of your income) and offerings as what you give to keep the machinery of the church going, take the view from the higher ground and see the extraordinary things God is doing through the giving of this church. You are supporting missionaries throughout the world who are making a difference by leading people to faith, feeding the hungry and helping the homeless. You are making an impact here in this community and in Shelby County.
When we take the offering this coming Sunday morning, do not see it as just another ordinary routine action in church. See it an opportunity for God to take our ordinary gifts and do extraordinary things.
Dr. Gary Fenton
Your interim pastor