How to be Content with The Ordinary

It has becoming increasingly obvious that we live in a culture where the word “ordinary” is looked down on, where being called “basic” is an insult. As a society, we are always looking forward to the next big thing, the next must go event, the next holiday, the next exciting thing that will help escape our regular or mundane lives.

Now that the Easter hype is over, I was just thinking, what next? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I was craving the mundane. The daily rhythms and routines. The simple. The basic. I am by no means encouraging complacency, but I just wish we could all just pause. I don’t only want to celebrate Easter in all its hype but I want to live out Easter, walk out Easter. Live a life that indicates that I am aware of the resurrection, that I am aware of Jesus, and I am aware of His sacrifice. That is how I want to live.

I want to find meaning and be intentional in my daily routines, and not despise them but rather have an attitude of gratefulness. 

a simple calling

I am so completely over the thrills and chills. Well, I want to be over it. I want to find meaning in the ordinary. Nothing major need to happen in my life for me to know I’m living. I want to know that I’m living my best life even if my best life is going to work, going to church and hanging out with my small group of friends. I want to be satisfied with that. I don’t want to need to travel the world to feel like I’m living my best life. I don’t want to resent the days when I have nothing pleasurable doing.

I was also thinking about this in terms of my Christian faith. I don’t want the hype surrounding my faith. I don’t want to NEED the miracles, the fulfillment of prophecies, and healing. I don’t want to need it to build my faith. Praise be to God if those things happen and I rejoice in that but I don’t want to NEED it. I want my faith to be completely rooted in the word of God. So whether or not I’m receiving healing. I can always say without a doubt that God is for me. I want to rest in the ordinary yet powerful word of God.

A few ways I plan to implement this in my life:

  • Quit complaining about how bored I am.
  • Find things to do that bring me joy, whether or not other people view it as boring.
  • Be intentional with my time.
  • Try to see God in everything and see my aliveness as a miracle in itself.
  • Stop comparing my life to that of others.

Tell me, how do you feel about living an ordinary life?

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