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FMF – Ordinary

March 3, 2013

Five Minute Friday

Ordinary haunts me like a mantra of insufficiency.   I see the flashes of beauty all around me, every person one more facet in the image of an infinite God.  Who sees that in me…

And so I run from one accomplishment to the next, each challenge bigger than before, panting, pushing, pleading that THIS time, this moment, this affirmation will be enough.

To convince me that I too carry a sparkle of divinity that reflects and amplifies One bigger than myself.

Yes, I do know how that sounds.  I cringe at the outloud-ness of my insecurities writ large on the pages of my internet’s soul.  I have found affirmation insignificant weapons when thrown at the barricade of my own self-hatred.  My own critical sharpness inflicting wound after wound.

Ordinary….  Paul, the Apostle, speaks of pots intended for ordinary use.  They are for the rough, clay, day to day use.  Overlooked. Misused.  Cracked.  Missing pieces.

But the extraordinary doesn’t carry us through the days between mountaintops.  It is the ordinary cup from which we drink. It is the ordinary life where the muscle, stamina, and inspiration are found for the routine step of one foot in front of the other until that moment when we are face to face with God….

Being ordinary is enough.  Really, it’s all we have.



  • Hi Heidi,
    I linked up after you over at five minute Friday. I have been a reader of Lisa Jo’s blog for about a year now. I am a mommy to 3 little ones and I decided at the beginning of this year to take the plunge and start a blog. I know it’s Sunday afternoon, but I decided to go ahead and give this topic a try. I enjoyed reading your post. You have a true way with words. I was captivated from the get-go. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability with such honesty. I loved your thoughts from the Apostle Paul, and your encouragement to put one foot in front of the other. That is our offering, isn’t it? The best we can bring! I peeked at your profile and noticed you have been married for 18 years…10 more years than my husband and I. I would cherish your prayers from this end of life! I will be back to read more. Thank you for sharing! <3 Love, Rebecca

  • Thanks, Rebecca! 🙂 So thankful I was able to encourage you! I look forward to getting to know you better! And I have been noodling around with a couple blog posts on marriage, keep checking back.

  • Love this part: “But the extraordinary doesn’t carry us through the days between mountaintops. It is the ordinary cup from which we drink.” Thank you for this sweet reminder that even in the ordinary God IS.

  • Doom

    I’m not ordinary. I’m ugly as sin. Not that it has mattered, mind you, just a personal quip. After realizing through some experiences, what God thinks of me, personally, ugly, sinful, and all, I just don’t even think of it now. Seriously, if you saw how much God loves you, purely, surely, absolutely, even knowing everything and seeing everyone else… Oh… but you… I think you will learn this. All will, actually, but some will come to live with this. You among them. Just… be patient.

    You are truly, epically, historically, uniquely, beautiful. But it’s through God’s vision, until you awaken to it. THEN you will be ordinary. :p

  • @Alaina, Thanks!!!

    @Doom, thank for a timely reminder of God’s perspective. And the admonishment to be patient. You are one of my longest readers and you know that is a struggle for me.

  • Doom

    Ugh, we all struggle with that, if in our various ways. Hopefully there is always someone around, or God Himself in prayer or just… there… for those dark hours, days, weeks… Glad to be of service!