Posts Tagged ‘life’

Feeling Ordinary

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Over and over again in Scripture, we get to see just how regular King David was. His faith was ordinary, his friends were ordinary, his failure was ordinary. The only thing amazing about him—was God. God was extraordinary through David. We’re a lot like David. We’re all just regular people, living pretty regular lives, with regular gifts and abilities. But God wants to do phenomenal things through us even in our “regular-ness.”

Sometimes we think extraordinary is all about the big stuff. You know—the crisis, the colossal, the cataclysmic. But let’s just focus an ordinary problem from David’s life: death. Everyone is going to die eventually, yet most people live like it’s not coming.

Well, it’s coming. And David had to face this very ordinary problem just like the rest of us. “When David’s time to die drew near, he commanded Solomon his son, saying, ‘I am about to go the way of all the earth'” (1 Kings 2:1a).

Did you notice where David’s last words were directed? To his son, Solomon. He said, in essence, Be faithful to the Lord. Walk in His ways. The older you get, the more concerned you are about what you’re leaving behind you. I’m not talking about things.

What else could you want? What else could there be in life but to live for God and serve and work for Him and then to go be with Him forever knowing that your children are walking with Him?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that David was just an ordinary guy; he wasn’t proud of every chapter in his book. He didn’t delight in everything on every page, but when he fell, he got up again. Think back to one of David’s more famous Psalms where he writes, “ . . . though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Why? Because “You are with me.” That’s the summary of David’s life right there. God was with him. At the end of the day, that’s the life we have to pursue. An ordinary life lived for God in His strength equals extraordinary.

Don’t spend another moment working to show people how important or special or somehow unique you are. By faith, believe that as a regular person, if anything praiseworthy or lasting or eternal comes from your life, it will be because of what God has done in you and through you.

 

Application:

  1. In what ways is God trying to use me in spite of my “regular-ness?”
  2. Am I actively seeking ways to serve the Lord with my life? If not, why?
  3. What is holding me back?

 

Rob Cochrane

Rob Cochrane received his B.S in Biblical Counseling from Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis.  He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors.

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Let’s Talk About Pillow Talk (Sex)

In our society, we have an unhealthy expectation of intimacy in a marriage or a relationship. Many times, sex is looked at as just sex and emotional intimacy is taken out of the equation. However, emotional and physical intimacy are closely related. A healthy couple is emotionally intimate with one another by communicating their emotional needs. Yet, because conversations on what we need physically can be incredibly awkward, we neglect to connect with our spouse on this level.

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A Beautiful Mess: A Late Mother’s Day Message

About a year ago, I went to a movie with the ladies from the church entitled “Moms’ Night Out!” It was a Wednesday evening, and we were supposed to begin a new group in the community called “Walking and Talking”. Our group was going to meet at the park to have devotions and walk together while our children play. My excitement up to this night was over the top.

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Lessons from Watching 6th Grade Basketball

Good and bad, there are lessons to be learned in everything we do. Over the last year, my wife and I have enjoyed watching our son, Patrick, go out and participate in our school’s 6th grade basketball team. Watching his progression has been amazing. We navigated through so many ups and downs, as he has grown as a player and as he is continually growing as a man.

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Time Management: A Common Problem in Life

You might think it’s not that big of a deal, but it affects us in many ways and on many different levels. We are a culture that runs and moves at a fast pace. For many people in our society, our schedule runs us ragged. That’s why fast food is such a success. We are so busy running from point A to point B, that we neglect relational, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Being “hurried” is ruining people.

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