The Extraordinary Ordinary

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On Tuesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are excited to welcome Kate Battistelli to God-sized Dreams. She shares some sweet encouragement about the extraordinary that can be found in a life lived for Him…we know her words will bless you!

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I want to do big things for God, leave a legacy, live a life of impact. But is it necessary to do big things for God or is it better to do small things with great love and see where God takes it? Jesus calls us to be salt and light, to live a life well-seasoned and walk a path well-lit so others will follow. But what if the path He gives me is the obscure path? The quiet, gentle path? Does that match up with what Christian culture tells me I should want?

Are you living the unknown but faithful life in the small sphere? If you are then you’re living in what I call the Extraordinary Ordinary. The two scriptures below explain what I mean:

1 Timothy 2 2-4: “.. that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 “… that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.”

Hmmm. A quiet and peaceful life that pleases God and draws others to the truth. A life that lacks nothing. But a life leaving a pleasant fragrance and an example to the unbelievers all around us. Sounds like an unknown, obscure life to me. But it sounds like a God-Sized Dream and a world-changing life also.

In this generation of online notoriety, YouTube sensations and 15 minutes of fame, who among us is content to lead a quiet life? We are compelled to ‘go into all the world’ and to do big things for God. We aren’t encouraged to lead quiet lives because we mistakenly think those kind of lives will have no impact. But we couldn’t be more wrong!

Our culture is over-saturated with a ‘look-at-me’ mentality. We think it’s necessary to go and do and achieve when really, maybe all we need is to live like Christ. To live the Extraordinary Ordinary in the everyday.

Jesus did the simplest of things and imbued them with meaning and deep importance. He washed feet, healed the blind with mud and spit, fed thousands with bread and fish, lived, ate and slept among a small band of men who decided to follow His example. He started with 12 simple men and turned the world on it’s head.

What if we lived a ‘look at me’ life in the ordinary, day after day sphere, sprinkling salt and shedding light to our families and neighbors? What if the God-Sized Dream God has for you doesn’t involve numbers and followers, stats and likes, beyond your family and neighborhood or workplace and church?

Can that be enough? Does Jesus get to pick? If He says, “Follow me into obscurity and live faithfully,” will it be okay? (<====Tweet this.)

As the world grows darker by the year our ‘ordinary’ simple living and loving like Christ grows more and more extraordinary every day.

  • It takes extraordinary dedication to raise your children year after year to know God, to love Him and follow Him all their lives.
  • It takes extraordinary determination to fight for your marriage when the world says give up and move on.
  • It takes extraordinary faith to give to others unselfishly expecting nothing in return.
  • It takes extraordinary diligence to work at your job as faithfully and honestly, unto the Lord and not unto men.
  • It takes extraordinary love to maintain your stance year after year yet as your light shines brighter and your salt seasons more effectively, you change the world in your obscure little corner of the world.
  • It takes extraordinary perseverance to serve a sick child or aged loved one year after year without complaint
  • It takes extraordinary love to bless those who curse you, to pray for those who’ve hurt you.
  • It takes extraordinary discipline to not give in to what the world calls good when you know it’s bad.
  • It takes extraordinary compassion to love your neighbor and serve him whether he’s Muslim or Hindu, trans-gender or divorced, straight or gay without judging or trying to convert him but simply loving the way Jesus loved.

Those are God-Sized Dreams each of us are called to.

The attributes that may be ordinary for you–courage, fortitude, faithfulness, generosity, diligence–look extraordinary to those who are watching.

And believe me, they are watching.

Some of you will be called to the big ministry with big impact, where your names will be known and your ministries large. But most won’t be. We will labor in obscurity but not without the ability to change the world around us. We will live the Extraordinary Ordinary and our quiet, obscure lives will affect eternity. (<====Tweet this.)

Those who follow, our children, neighbors, co-workers and friends will see our light and taste our salt and want to know why we have peace in the midst of trials. Why we have faith when chaos rules. How are we able to live with courage and not fear when everything tells us to be afraid of the future. How we’re able to love the unloveable and serve the unworthy.

That’s a God-Sized Dream I can wrap my head around.

What about you?

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Kate’s an ‘empty nester’ who’s been married to Mike for 30 years. She’s the mother of recording artist Francesca Battistelli and Mimi to Franny’s two children, Eli and Audrey Jane. She’s a Jersey girl currently living in Atlanta writing about God, food, family and hospitality. Before becoming a Christian, Kate was an actress and singer in the New York Broadway musical theatre world. She toured for nearly three years in the Broadway National Tour of The King and I playing Anna opposite Yul Brynner as the King and it’s where she and her husband ‘fell in love across the footlights’. Kate loves creating and sharing easy recipes using whole foods and organic ingredients and writing about and pondering the goodness of God. She’s the author of Growing Great Kids-Partner with God to Cultivate His Purpose in Your Child’s Life, published by Charisma House and she blogs about food and faith at KateBattistelli.com. She’s also a contributing writer to MothersofDaughters.com, and TheBetterMom.com You can follow her on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Facebook. Her second book, The God Dare, will be released Winter 2014.

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