I commit to living a super-ordinary life in . I the radical life Jesus called me to live.

was Henry David Thoreau who wrote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

I don’t admire Thoreau as a theologian, but I think he largely got it right in this quote describing the normal human condition and maybe the condition of lots of Christians.

I that most of us, including myself, get bogged down in the routines of life. I have nothing against routines, except when they become my master. Much can be said about the righteousness of living a careful, responsible life before God. But, this is not an issue for me in this commitment.

My fear is that the life Jesus lived and died to give us “I came that they may have life and have it to the full.” 10:10 can get lost in the devotion to safety, health and routine. I’m not advocating going out to partake in some “extreme” thrill sport. I’m simply encouraging myself to do something outside of my normal routine, to experience life outside the lines I’ve  drawn, to provide myself with the opportunity to “sing my song” and be bold in Jesus. Jesus challenges me to leave ordinary behind and live a super-ordinary life in Him. Today is the day. Now is the time.

God is ready to do amazing things. His Holy Spirit is in me and that is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. I can live an extraordinary life in Him.

How? Maybe it’s as simple as, at the prompting of God,  taking the long way from the store or work to gain a perspective on the world right around me that otherwise goes unnoticed. Maybe Jesus wants to perform a in someone’s life I don’t normally see. Maybe He wants me to be the Samaritan.

God’s goal for me will be revealed by Him to me TODAY. And that is some very News!

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  1. Ron Evans

    I appreciate your thoughts and comments. I believe developing a close personal relationship with the godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are key components to living the life you are talking about. Otherwise we simply fall into another rut of routine–living outside the lines I’ve drawn. Such a relationship allows the Christ follower to, first of all, hear the prompting of the lord to take the long way home, and two, act on it.
    What an awesome way to live.

  2. myplace3187

    Thank you for the article on Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May he reveal what you want in life. He will never leave us or forsake us.

  3. Tim McGee

    Nice to see your writing on this site Michael! Great stuff, as usual! Thank you for being ordinarily extraordinary with sharing your faith!