HOW TO MAKE AN ORDINARY DAY EXTRAORDINARY!

I remember a time in my life when things were not going very well.  We were facing a number of challenges in the church we were leading and I was feeling despondent and unappreciated.  I recall the fatalistic feeling in my soul.  “Well,” I pondered, “I will faithfully serve you Lord, but life is pretty tough and miserable, so I will simply do my best to survive.”  Not a great way to live – believe me!

We were not meant to live, "Que sera, sera," simply hoping for the best.   I felt challenged by my negative attitude and realized that my life did have purpose and meaning.  God did not intend for me to go through life simply hoping things would eventually pan out.  Living with a, “Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be,” type of attitude is no way to live.

There is a lovely verse in Psalm 37:5 that says, “Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust Him, and He will help you.”  Beautiful and profound in its simplicity!

So let me make a few comments about this text that I hope will assist you as you start your week.

1.     Commit your way to the Lord:  Sometimes we try to do things in our own strength.  We can go through the days of the week giving very little thought to God.  Yet, this text tells us to, “Commit everything you do to the Lord.”  What a great way to start our week.  Giving all our hopes, dreams, aspirations and goals to the Lord and asking Him to help us and guide us in all that we do.

2.     Trust Him:  Once you have committed your plans to the Lord then you need to trust Him.  In simple childlike faith believe that your plans are safe in His Hands.  When things don’t go as planned don’t fret. Stop. Think. Pray. Then remind yourself  that God is in control of your plans and He will guide you.  Sometimes when things do not go as we want them to, God is simply working His perfect plan and purpose for our lives.  There are times when God's plan and our plan does not quite mesh!  God is infinitely more clever than we are and He has a perspective on our lives that we do not have.  Trusting Him means believing that He has our very best interest at heart and He knows best!

3.     Depend on Him: The text ends by saying, “He will help you.”  You do not have to go it alone.  Whatever you are facing this week – be it financial challenges, problems in your workplace, relationships or issues with your family and children – God is there to help you.  Depend upon Him.  Don’t be stubborn and independent because God is there for you - depend on Him! 

What a wonderful way to start the week.  Knowing that we can commit everything into God’s Hands and believe that He will see us through all the challenges.  Trust Him today!  Remember God has a plan and a purpose for your life.  You do not have to go through life with a fatalistic attitude, hoping for the best.  You can place your trust in a God who loves you, cares about you, and has a significantly better plan for your life than you could ever hope or imagine.  Committing you way to Him, trusting and depending on Him could elevate your day from ordinary to extraordinary!  His Hands are the safest place to be.  Rest in those loving nail pierced Hands today! 

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

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Carol