No one gets excited about the ordinary. I know I want more. I want extraordinary, but we find ourselves in the Catholic world in “ordinary time.” While at first glance it might sound like God is somehow less present or on a vacation because it’s only ordinary time, God is always extraordinary. What’s perhaps even more exciting is that he invites you to share in the extraordinary.
Don’t settle for ordinary. Here’s 4 tips on how to experience more this season of ordinary time:
1. Pray more regularly.
Without a regular and growing routine of prayer, it’s nearly impossible to hear Jesus. One of the best questions you can ask yourself is, “What is Jesus saying to me in my life right now?” If you can’t answer that in someway, chances are you need to commit more time to prayer in your life.
2. Worship God for who he is.
Recognize that God is awesome; in fact, only God is truly awesome.
An orthodox priest friend of mine used to always say that we Westerners use the term awesome too much. It should be reserved for God. He is constantly doing amazing things. Do you see them?
God is mysteriously more amazing, more beautiful, and more loving than you could ever imagine. With all of creation God is laboring to love you. Spend some time regularly praising God for who he is. Worship him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Don’t hold back from giving to God. I was recently having a conversation with a good friend who felt like things were not going his way and it was God’s fault. He courageously admitted to me that he never truly surrendered himself to Jesus.
The myth of not surrendering your life to Jesus is that you will have control. As much as we can desire control of our lives, it never works that way.
Does following Jesus make life easy and make you rich? Nope, but it sure does allow you to realize that your life has purpose, meaning, and you have a calling in Jesus to greatness.
4. Get out of your comfort zone in following Jesus.
In 5th grade I only wore sweatpants. They were the ultimate comfortable clothing to me. Why wear anything else? Comfort was the ultimate priority to me.
I eventually realized I cannot only wear sweatpants. If I still only ever wore sweatpants, I don’t know if I would have job today and I think people probably would wondering what was going on with me…I realized it’s not socially acceptable to wear sweatpants all the time.
If you are spiritually comfortable, wake up. There’s an old saying that God came to comfort the afflicted but to also afflict the comfortable. You will never be the leader God has made you to be if you stay in your spiritual sweatpants.
You will never be the leader God has made you to be if you stay in your spiritual sweatpants. https://t.co/kckYsHnpI6
— Andy Lesnefsky (@RedeemedOnline) May 20, 2016
Do something to grow spiritually that challenges you. Volunteer to serve in a ministry. Get a mentor. Do something new at church.
How do you see God in the ordinary? Got something to add? I would love to hear what you have to say below!