We all want to live an extraordinary life. I know I do and I know there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I’m certain that longing deep inside each of our souls is part of God’s fingerprints on our lives. He’s the One who put that yearning deep inside each one of us – to make life count, to do significant things, to rise above pointless mediocrity.
But a lot of times we go about it all wrong. We dream about the heroic moments. The major decision. The captivating sermon. The bold new initiative. The defining conversation. While there’s nothing wrong with those things and I do believe we’ll each face a few of those moments in our lives, it’s the wrong focus.
Most of our lives are very ordinary. Get up, spend time with God, workout, go to work, come home, put the kids to bed, pass out in exhaustion. And repeat the next day. Meetings, travel, commutes, groceries, phone calls, emails, trips to the dentist, and reports. It all stacks up and it all feels so dull. So boring. So ordinary.
But I’m convinced that the secret to an extraordinary life is being intentional in the ordinary. It’s the decision not to coast through Tuesday. It’s the decision to be fully present, to work as unto the Lord, to love with our whole heart and to give it all we’ve got. No one’s going to ask you to make the heroic decision if you duck the ordinary ones. You’ll never be asked to lead until you figure out how to follow. Nobody’s ever said, “Hey, that guy never takes on any added responsibility, let’s put him in charge of the new initiative.” Extraordinary moments seem to find those who are intentional in the ordinary.
Be bold. Be courageous. Be intentional. Not tomorrow. But today. In the sea of meetings, tasks and texts. Be intentional. Move the ball forward. Do your best. Lean into the power God offers.
Don’t stop reaching but do stop neglecting what’s right in front of you.