When you read the title, does it bother you at all? No one wants to be known as“ordinary.” I was recently on a road trip and one of the games we played on one of our 13 hour drives was the question game. It’s truth or dare with no dares. My friend asked me,“How would you describe me in 3 words?” Do you think she would have been happy if the first word I used was ORDINARY. Would you be offended ifyour child was described as ordinary by everyone around you.
Everyone wants to be someone special. We lust after feeling special. We want to be noticed for our special/lovely qualities. Don’t get me wrong. We are all special. Our unique qualities make us special and wonderful but being recognized for that is more rare than regular.
We watch movies and we see someone doing something extraordinary. Superman saves the world but for many years of his life he was ordinary. He was a farm boy and no one saw what made him special except his parents. On the flip side is Buddy Pine from The Incredibles (aka Syndrome). He is ordinary but wants to be Mr. Incredible’s sidekick as a child. He is extremely intelligent and has the ability to create “incredible” devices that make him feel powerful.
What is his problem? He wants to be special and anyone who makes him feel ordinary is seen as an enemy. He is an entitled, self-centered character who is tremendously talented and does reckless things in order to get attention. Aren’t we all a little like that? All of us in our uniqueness are especially made by God who does good work. Yet, our day to day life should be marked by ordinary faithfulness and not awards for participation. Winning the medal is rare and sometimes the greatest treasures come from our failures and brokenness. What would it look like if we learned how to be content in being faithful even if that means we feel ordinary. (PS: we are not actually ordinary, but sometimes like a piece of art by a famous artist is unknown for years…. well… that’s us.)