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Extraordinary Living
May 12, 2019

Extraordinary Living

Speaker:
Passage: 1 Corinthians 16:14

Extraordinary Living
Living an Ordinary Life With Extraordinary Love.

At the end of the day, when all the kids were and in bed the other night I had this thought .... how can doing something extraordinary feel so ordinary? We are raising 5 kids, about to adopt one of them. We are pastoring a church, living in this beautiful valley. So many of my dreams are coming true as I live out life right here, right now.

But if I’m honest, the daily tasks of life can feel pretty mundane, or even lame at times?

You see even in the middle of living out God’s calling you have to do the things you don’t love. Farming isn’t all just about picking the fruit. we can’t just fast forward past all the hard work. you can’t just skip the days weeding in the hot sun and the moments where your fixing that hole in the greenhouse in the cold wind and rain and the mornings when you just want to stay in bed because your back is killing you and you are just plain tired.

I’d venture to say the same is true for picking the fruit of the spirit that God is cultivating within your soul.
Sometimes in we feel exhausted. We feel like we’ve have the wick burning from both ends. If your like me you just want to pause life and truly relax. To me this pause looks like me not doing laundry and dishes and them magically not piling up.

We think we JUST NEED A BREAK. But the truth is there is no pause button, no avoiding the realities of our lives. There is a God who knows you so well. He create you and he knows what zaps your energy and what charges your batteries. He is so in tune with you that he knows the number of hairs on your head.

“You oh Lord keep my lamp burning: my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.” Psalms 18:28
Notice in this psalm it doesn’t say he will stop the battle. He will knock down the walls. It says with his help you can advance against any troop, scale any wall. He will keep your lamp burning. He turns even the darkest times into light. He doesn’t stop the battle to give us a break, he gives us the help that we need to face it head on!

Isaiah 40:31
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

I start to get weary when either
#1. I try to do things on my own - just power through it. I last for awhile, but then I burn out quick.
The second reason I get weary is when I start to think too much about the pay off. Not so much whats in it for me, but more what good is this doing? When I start to try and figure out the why. Why am I doing this God? Am I making a difference? Am I even the best person for the job?

The key to
Isaiah 40:31 is TRUST:
31 But those who TRUST in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
When I am trusting I am not asking questions. When I am trusting I am not taking over and burning myself out.
Sometimes living out an extraordinary life means doing ordinary things with extraordinary love. Often this means doing the same things ….over and over and over again. Day in and day out.

Day in, Day Out,
You may not be doing laundry, and dishes and packing lunches and picking up toys ALL THE TIME…. (and as a side note if your missing that come on by my house anytime ;) )
BUT you have your own ordinary, mundane tasks that your dealing with. The ordinary life your living may be so full of the mundane that you are likely craving something more exciting.
But the truth is what your doing doesn’t really matter, it more about how you are doing it.
1 Corinthians 16:14 states, “Let all that you do be done in love.”
In some ways that verse encourages me. It encourages the part that is a foster mom, that the part of me that makes homemade granola for my husband and cookies for my kids. The me who plays with my kids on the floor and reads to them every night.
But then there’s the other part of me. The part of me that yells at my loved ones. The part of me that complains about my chores. When I think about those parts of me i feel challenged by that verse.
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
I can easily go down the path of guilt or defeat when i start to think about all the thing that i do not do in love.

And in those moments when i am humbled by my own limitations, I am so thankful that I know Jesus. I am so thankful that my value is not dependent upon how well i fulfill the commandment of that little verse.

In fact I would venture to say that the fact that I struggle to do all things in love or do ordinary things with extraordinary love makes life so much better only because it makes me depend on God. I realize that when i am having a hard time loving others well, that I myself need more love. And if i need more love then that means I need more God because God is love. I have to reach out to him. I try and I fail, I try again and I succeed. I try again and I fail. But the failing and the succeeding don't really matter all that much because guess what … God is not keeping score!
Psalm 18:16-19 says ....
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in my days of disaster but the Lord was my support. He brought me into a spacious place, he rescued me because he delighted in me.”
He delights in me. When I’m succeeding he delights in me. When I’m failing, he delights in me. When I am doing things in love, he delights in me. When i am doing things out of obligation, he loves me. When I am scaling that wall be delights in me. When I am running into that wall he delights in me.
You get the picture. I want to encourage you with this one last scripture.
Psalms 91:14
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”
Psalms 91:14-16
“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”

Salmos 91:14-16
“Porque en mí ha puesto su amor, yo entonces lo libraré; lo exaltaré, porque ha conocido mi nombre. Me invocará, y le responderé; yo estaré con él en la angustia; lo rescataré y lo honraré; lo saciaré de larga vida, y le haré ver mi salvación.”

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