When Life Feels Too Ordinary for God’s Activity
“What is the point of my life right now?”
This a common question that tends to erupt in the middle of our ordinary days where our work seems meaningless and our days feel purposeless. Feeling stuck in repetitive work routines, the monotony of motherhood, or long seasons of waiting can lead us to seriously ponder if our life has any real significance. Sitting back and watching friends succeed, follow their dreams and live adventurous lives can further fuel the fire of discontentment with our own.
This question is a symptom of a mind-altering condition that I believe many of us have fallen prey to. This disease chronically sends us into a chaotic tailspin making us wonder, “Do I matter? Do I have purpose? Am I missing my life?” It’s called F.O.B.O Disease, or, the Fear Of Being Ordinary Disease. During a F.O.B.O flare up, one will viciously degrade their season of life, insult their identity, and plant seeds of bitterness in their heart. Leaving FOBO untreated can very well cause us to miss our lives and our very specific purpose.
The Fear of Being Ordinary is ultimately rooted in the belief that your worth comes from your work. With this mentality, if what you do is fulfilling, exciting, and meaningful, you will believe your life is worth something. If your days tend to be routine, miniscule and ordinary, you will conclude that your life is nothing special.
The problem with this mentality is that it completely disregards the fact that our seasons of life ebb and flow. Some seasons of life ARE exciting, while others are simple. If we allow FOBO to become rooted in our identities, we will find ourselves on an unending roller coaster of emotions that vary with each season of life.
Thankfully, there is a better way. Christ has placed something unique inside of us that can turn ordinary moments into divine appointments, mundane days into miraculous displays, and simple tasks into spiritual lessons. Could it be that our “ordinary lives” are the perfect platform for our extraordinary God to do His best work?
An Unworldly Glow
We find the cure to F.O.B.O in one of Jesus’ infamous I AM statements. During a heated discourse with the Pharisee’s, Jesus reveals a very powerful truth about Himself:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (NIV John 8:12)
In the Old Testament, the word “light” usually represented salvation or was used in the context of salvation. In essence, Jesus was claiming to be the “salvation of the world”. For Jesus to use this metaphor around a bunch of Pharisee’s was incredibly risky. Yet, He could not deny His identity as the source of life and the way to salvation for the whole world.
This I AM statement is profoundly unique because unlike the other I AM statements, you’ll notice Jesus uses the same metaphor to describe us too. In Matthew 5:14 Jesus says:
“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”
I can understand why Jesus uses such a bold statement to describe Himself, but why us? How could we possibly be the “light of world” like He is?
A Light-Bearing Conduit–That’s YOU!
Jesus is the source of all light– the only means of our salvation. As His followers, we have the “light of life” inside of us (John 8:12). Therefore, if Christ is the provider of light, life and salvation, then we are the “conduits” that carry His light and message of salvation to the world.
One of the most beautiful things about being a conduit is that it’s not about us. So many times we try to “generate” our own light by doing good works, being nice or even modifying our behavior. An important thing to remember about a conduit is that it is completely dependent on its source of energy. It will not function the way it is meant to without a power source. In the same way, Christ is the GREATER light that gives us light to bear. We cannot do it without Him.
Let Your Light Shine
So how does realizing our identities as “light bearers” change our lives? Take a look at the regular days of Jesus and His disciples. They hung around ordinary places like temples, marketplaces, homes and city streets and somehow, crazy things always happened. People were healed, saved and set free on a daily basis. They understood they carried the light of life and they had the courage to take it wherever they went. As a result, they set the world on fire with the light of Christ.
I tend to wonder why our lives don’t look like theirs. Perhaps it’s because we forget our assignment goes so much further than our job description or season of life. Our main mission is to be a bring light to a world that desperately needs Jesus. The best part: we can do that anywhere.
Friend, you can say goodbye to an ordinary life because being a light bearer is no “ordinary” task. When we fully own our identities as light-bearers, everything changes. The way we see our jobs, grocery trips, schools, and long lines at the DMV completely changes when we realize we bring Christ’s light wherever we go.
As we ask the Lord to solidify our identities as bearers of His light, may we stand in awe at how our seemingly ordinary lives radically change. He is so faithful to give us opportunities to shine His light when we ask Him. Suddenly, strangers in line turn to sisters in Christ, random conversations turn to miraculous conversions and accidental happenings become divine appointments.
As it turns out, our “ordinary” lives are the perfect platform for our extraordinary God.
The question is: will we let Him use them?
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