“The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening.” Oswald Chambers
The above quote by Oswald Chambers is one of my favorites. Not only does it use the words extraordinary and ordinary which are part of my tagline here at It’s Just Life – Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary but it also embraces a concept that I truly believe is worth living.
Life can get complicated and messy and it is during those times that we often see the true character of a person. How they respond to a difficult situation is often very telling and indicates just what type of person they are.
But consider how that same person reacts to basic day to day life. Are they consistent? Do they live their day to day life with a sense of purpose and fulfillment? Do they react and respond to others who cross their paths in a civil and decent manner? Do they live their ordinary days to the fullest?
I shared with my readers that my goals in 2019 are to forgive, release and have more hope. I was reminded last night as I had dinner with a friend that these will be goals that I need to practice in my day to day life and keep in front of me. She told me that she was going to ask me occasionally how it was going so I guess I had better get cracking on working on those.
The conversation made me reflect on how I live my day to day life.
Do I act in a manner that is extraordinary? Do I embrace the little things that happen each day as ordinary or am I am able to see beyond the ordinary and realize that each interaction that I have with another human being is an opportunity to move beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary?
While I don’t have an actual answer it is food for thought.
Every day presents opportunities and possibilities to reach beyond my little ordinary world. In 2019 my goal is to release more of the extraordinary into the world and maybe, just maybe, some of that will turn right back around and come back to me. Even if it doesn’t I am praying that my eyes are opened to share more of the extraordinary in the world than ever before.
My friends – make today extraordinary in whatever way you can because YOU are indeed an extraordinary person and I love you.
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