Many of you may have already figured out, especially those of you that attend the contemporary service, that I really enjoy music. The rhythm (literally) moves me and the lyrics fill me with a deeper understanding of the message. I am particularly drawn to the music of Mercy Me. Lately, one of their lesser known songs Goodbye Ordinary has been calling to me. The lyrics at the beginning of the song go like this:
I wonder when we first bought into this
So satisfied with status quo
Have we convinced ourselves that this is all there is
Well all that is within me says we were meant to break free
Live like there's no tomorrow
Lead a life to be followed
We were never meant to compromise
Settle for mediocrity
This life was never meant to be a waste of time
Well all that is within me says no more just existing
In my attempt to live my life on mission with God I want to love more extravagantly and lead a life to be followed. As Jeff Vanderstelt says in his book Saturate I want to "live in such a way that it would demand a 'Jesus explanation.' In other words, you wouldn't be able to explain what you do or why without needing to talk about Jesus." Part of our goal in educating others about living missionally is encouraging people to make it a part of their ordinary lives.
The missional group that I am a part of was talking about this concept a couple of weeks ago. I was sharing from a book called Ordinary written by Tony Merida. Tony states that ordinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality can make an "extraordinary impact." But then one of our members challenged us further. She challenged us to make a "new" ordinary.
What if we take one of the usual meals that we eat during an ordinary week and use it as an opportunity to invite someone who frequently eats alone to join us?
What if on the way to one of our weekly trips to the grocery we stop by one of our neighbors and ask if we can pick anything up for them?
What if we change our route to work so that we intentionally drive by the man on the corner asking for help? What if we start bringing him a sandwich and learning his name?
Now I know that these things aren't for everybody but if you stop and pray about it I bet God provides you with a new ordinary. What do I think God has asked me to do with my new ordinary? I have been trying to exercise more since January and starting April 17th I am going to turn my Tuesday exercise into a prayer walk in the community surrounding Mason UMC. On top of that I am going to invite some friends to join me. So, what do you say, friend, would you like to join me on my prayer walks around MUMC? If so just meet me in the lobby at 9 am on Tuesdays and let's see what kind of "extraordinary impact" we can have in the community.
Instead of saying goodbye ordinary, let's say hello to a new ordinary.
Margaret Sanders, Director of RENEW Missional Living