Where The Ordinary Becomes The Extraordinary
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will (Ephesians 1:11 NIV).
Dear Fellow Dreamer,
When I was a young boy I dreamed of being a great athlete. A basketball player like Pete Maravich or John Havlicek. They set the benchmark of my childhood dreams. They were my heroes.
We all had heroes in our childhood. A father or mother. An athlete, a teacher, an entertainer or a leader. People we admired and wanted to model our life after. We wanted to experience the success that they enjoyed. We wanted to be like them.
Everyone wants to be successful. It’s our nature. We dream to be something admirable. To be a doctor, a lawyer, a fireman or scientist.
To be the best in our chosen field. The top salesman, the finest craftsman or the Most Valuable Employee.
We are all born with a desire to be great.
As we grow older our dreams are tempered (i.e. My dream to be Pete Maravich). We become aware of our talents as well as our limitations. Dreams become more realistic and change. Yet we still dream.
For some of us dreams become goals. We work to achieve. Every day we get up and plow through the day with that dream tucked away in the recess of our mind, wondering if it will ever be realized. Wondering if we will ever live it out.
Successes and failures are experienced as some days are better than others. There are days we are inspired and others we feel like quitting. But we continue on, with that dream still prevalent in our mind. We continue to have that desire to be great.
Elijah and Elisha…
The Bible tells a story of two men, Elijah and Elisha. (1 Kings 19) The former is a great prophet, the latter an ordinary farmer.
Yet these two lives will intersect. Greatness will meet ordinary, spectacular will collide with mundane. Yet the mundane will become more than spectacular.
When reading this story, I relate to Elisha. A man waking every morning, hooking up his oxen to the plow. Working at the craft of his present, but dreaming about the destiny of his future.
It’s as if I can hear his thoughts as he works behind that plow, “There must be more to life than this.”
My Tempered Dream…
By profession I am a writer. A copywriter and a blog writer. But one day I want to write books.
I have my heroes as well.
In the Christian field I love to read Mark Batterson, Max Lucado and Lee Strobel to name a few. They inspire me. I dream of a day when I will be like them. Write like them. Considered one of their contemporaries.
I recognize the greatness in them. Their style, the inspiration and the message. I want to do what they do.
Today I am 6 months into my writing career. I have published nothing. I am invisible in the world of writing. Whatever potential I have is virtually unseen and unrealized.
Yet I wake every morning and write. Much like Elisha behind his plow. And I think to myself, “There must be more to life than this.”
We All Have Heroes…
I am convinced that Elijah was Elisha’s hero. He must have heard about the miracles performed by the great prophet:
Causing a drought then stopping it–Raising the dead–Calling fire down from heaven.
As Elisha toiled behind his plow I sense he dreamed of better days. He wanted to be great. He wanted to do what Elijah did.
Then one marvelous day when Elisha was about his ordinary, Elijah entered with the extraordinary. He draped Elijah’s shoulder with his coat. He invited Elisha to be like him.
In that moment Elisha’s life changed. He went from ordinary to extraordinary. He went from farmer to become Executive Assistant for the great prophet.
He left the plow and never looked back. He followed Elijah into a life of purpose. A life of miracles, signs and wonders.
He took hold of the very thing that God created him to be. …
Don’t Limit Success…
As great as Elijah was however, Elisha wanted to be greater. “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha requested before Elijah left to be with God.
Now here’s the kicker. For all the great miracles done by the hand of Elijah. For all those miracles recorded in God’s Word—Elisha perform twice as many.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)
Wow! If I could somehow publish twice as many books as Max Lucado—If I could have twice the influence as Lee Strobel—If I could have twice the ministry of Mark Batterson—my life would be…extraordinary.
You may say It’s impossible. Perhaps. I’ll just keep to the plow every day, being consistent and diligent. But waiting patiently for the extraordinary to overtake me so I can have the greatness in my life that God intends.
Never give up on the labor you find in your present. But also never give up on the dreams God placed in your mind. Stay diligent in the ordinary and the extraordinary will overtake you.
Join me as I wait for the extraordinary. Focus on diligence in where you are and expect your dreams to overtake you.
God has a plan for you and it’s spectacular.
Share with me your dreams. Where are you now and where do you want to be?