An ordinary day may be more than "ordinary." In fact, much may be at stake.
I was thinking about this yesterday in light of the day, which seemed pretty ordinary. It was an ordinary Wednesday in many ways. Much time was spent in preparation for the message this Sunday and for a class that I teach on Wednesday evenings. Somewhere in the middle of the day were telephone calls (one from my younger daughter, Jamie), lunch with an area minister, a few e-mails sent, a chapter from a book read, and a couple of errands that I had to run. Late afternoon, I worked out at the gym and then went to a meeting of our leadership group at church.
In many ways, this felt very ordinary. Yet, in using the word "ordinary" to describe such a day, I don’t want to leave the impression that it was just another "ho-hum" day. After all, there is much at stake in an ordinary day.
Think for a moment about what is at stake today:
- Integrity. Will I do my work with a sense of integrity? Will I do the right thing or will I do what seems to be in my interest?
- Mission. Do I remember today to pay attention to what God is doing around me? Will I make myself available to God to use for his purposes with the people with whom I come in contact? Will I remember that people desperately need a relationship with Jesus?
- Character. What will I be like today when no one else is looking? How will I speak about people when they are not present?
- Family. Will I be the husband and father I have been called to be? Will I seek to deepen my relationship with them today? Or, will I put other matters ahead of them?
- Being an authentic Christ-follower. Will I seek to follow Christ — regardless? Will I have a heart for obedience to Jesus today?
- Love. Will I begin my day with the desire to love God and, consequently, love others? Or, will I be so preoccupied with the events of the day that my life has no sense of these two great priorities?
Yes, I know that more could be said about the day. I could talk about the need to depend upon God during the day and to trust that God’s Spirit is at work in me throughout the day. I could talk about the importance of God’s grace both for forgiveness as well as for the power to be what I’ve been called to be today.
Just for today, however, I want to focus on what is at stake. I have listed a few key words that are reminders of what is at stake on an ordinary day. What would you add to this list?