Reach For More

Earlier this week, I wrote about celebrating ordinary & normal as I was traveling home from a long weekend in Singapore. But yesterday, I started reading the book of Judges in the OT & some crazy stuff happened in that book. Judges includes the stories of Samson, Jael (driving a nail through a guy’s head), Gideon & lots more. In the beginning, it talks a lot about how the Israelites didn’t drive out the Canaanites from the Promised Land. Israel allowed the common & natural to remain in their land & this shortfall became a stumbling block for Israel. The stories in Judges that are noteworthy aren’t the ones about what’s ordinary, believable or natural. 

Maybe we live common, natural & ordinary lives because we tolerate average & safe. 
Perhaps God wants us to live different lives:
Super + natural = supernatural

Extra + ordinary = extraordinary

Credible + in = incredible
Let’s allow more space for God in our lives & less space for ordinary, credible & natural 🙂

hot topic: miracles

I hear and see lots of situations that need miracles – including stuff in my own life.  I was talking with God about this whole topic of needing miracles yesterday and I was expressing some of my own needs in my prayers.  It was an interesting time of prayer because I had the distinct impression that God is always doing miracles, even when we’re unaware.  Some of God’s miracles are small & we can easily overlook them because of the busy-ness and demands of everyday living.  Some of God’s miracles are camouflaged and aren’t as obvious because they’re not very dramatic.  Some of God’s miracles are so big that we altogether miss the experience because we can be so easily focused on something that’s relatively minor.  And sometimes we miss God’s miracles because we get too focused on our methods rather than leaving the method stuff in God’s hands.  So God is always doing miracles because that’s Who God is – miraculous!

Here are some miracles to consider:

  • strength to go through a difficult season
  • wisdom in areas where we are totally inept
  • time
  • provisions that come in unexpected ways
  • healing from bitterness, hurts, unforgiveness, etc
  • nautre – sunrises, sunsets, ocean tides, the immensity of the universe and the minuteness of a quark

would you like an upgrade?

 When I was growing up, my parents did a great job of helping me to try out new things & to look for possible talents and interests that I might have.  One area that we explored quite a bit was piano playing.  I started taking piano lessons when I was 5 years old and over the course of several years, I had the privilege of taking lessons from a local family who was reknowned for their piano skills & abilities.  In this family, the father, mother & a few of the kids gave piano lessons.  They were all concert pianists and did their level best to improve my skills, with a minimal effort of cooperation on my part.  And that was the key problem.  I was settling for mediocre when they were striving for excellence.  As a result, everyone was frustrated:  my parents, this concert pianist family & myself.  

With this contrast between excellence & mediocrity, I think that there can be many areas in our lives where we settle for average when we could have extraordinary.  Let’s not allow our faith to be one of these areas.  I don’t want my relationship with God to be average – I want to be like Moses in Ex 33, a friend with whom God speaks face to face.  To me, this is an extraordinary relationship w God & Moses’ example stirs me up such that I won’t settle for an average walk w God.  How about you???