Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

It’s 5-minute Friday and today’s prompt is:

Ordinary

This made me think of the title of the film “A Life Less Ordinary”. I thought it should mean something different than what was expressed in the story.  You know, something spectacular, with a little glamour, some glitz, a touch of bling. But after thinking about the concept of “less” ordinary, I realized that it was just that- a concept and a title of a film.

We all live unique lives, individual to each one. Granted we have a shared existence, but our perspectives are our own.

Nothing in my life is ordinary. Nothing in your life is ordinary. It may look like that on the outside. We are all here for one purpose- our existence is to glorify God.

Ordinary days. Ordinary lives. The usual. Day in, day out. We get up. We get dressed. We have a daily routine that is repeated many times over. Yet, each day brings its own set of promises, problems, and possibilities.

What makes our lives extra-ordinary, out of the ordinary, EXTRAORDINARY is what, or rather, Who we live for; our belief that we were made by Him, for Him, to be in fellowship and friendship with Him. Each action we take, each decision we make is based on who we are in Him. Regardless of what that looks like in each one of us, He has brought Salvation to our ordinary.

Five Minute Friday: Ordinary

It’s Friday again. Time for 5-Minute Friday- we write full tilt for 5 minutes on a word and the word this week is:

Ordinary.

Plain Jane. Vanilla. Sun shines, mild breezes blow the curtains in the kitchen window, nothing but catalogs in the mail, the wash is done, the dishes dried, dinner in the oven, and the children have done their homework. Just another day in the neighborhood.

The extraordinary day stands out in stark contrast-the fatal diagnosis, the empty crib of infertility, the crumbling of a marriage, the announcement of the baby on the way without the blessing of marriage, the call from the police station-they’ve arrested your child with drugs- extraordinarily bad days. All of them. 

And then there are those extraordinary good days: The bonus or raise at work, an extra week of vacation this year, the blessing of an addition to the family via a new baby, a wedding or a long awaited adoption, the insurance paid all of the bill on the fender bender from last week’s encounter in the grocery parking lot, the unexpected bouquet of flowers and dinner out with a surprise jewelery box for desert.

It’s the ordinary days that make these other days extraordinary-the unusual, not ordinary at all.

It’s the comfort of the sameness and stability of those ordinary days that helps us when the extraordinary days come along. God has blessed us with far more ordinary days than extraordinary. He has blessed us with the security and stability of the ordinary and I, for one, am very thankful!