From Your Ordinary to God’s Extraordinary!

By on February 1, 2014

By Carol Doyel –

Do you feel ordinary? You need to know that God can use ordinary! Often in our “ordinary” God can do great things. If you are willing to serve – pray and look for ways you can begin to serve in new ways.

Can you help in the kitchen at your church?  Can you start a small Bible study in your home for your friends and neighbors? Can you write? Ask God where you can serve and then do what you can. Use your gifts and talents, what do you love doing? Sewing, cooking, working with children, or maybe you’re a business woman who can mentor younger women. I always loved cooking and I served in food ministries for many years – I still love to feed people and I know God will continue to use me in that way.

We may not see the value in these things but God calls us to be faithful in the small things so that we might be used in greater ways – God will use what you see as ordinary for His purposes if we love Him and we have a heart to serve Him and others. As we do and step out in faith, God will use us in ways that we may not expect to be used.

God uses the simple and the weak to accomplish “Greatness”, as the following verse says: “God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” – 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NIV).

God demonstrates over and over again in the Bible that He uses the broken, the weak and the humble to accomplish His will. God used men and women who today would be defined as ordinary, or even odd, like Mosses in Numbers 12:3: “Moses was very meek, above all men on face of the earth”, and even Jesus himself who stated in Mathew 11:29-30, “I am meek and lowly in heart” – The Son of God who fulfilled the highest calling of all by laying down His life so that others might live.

Paul is another excellent example of someone who was least likely and qualified to serve the Lord, and yet because he laid down his life and was willing to serve, God used him – mightily. And because he did, thankfully, he probably more than anyone else other than Jesus influenced the life and formation of the early church. Although I would not describe Paul as ordinary, he was definitely not someone the church today would approve or find worthy to serve. But he had a miraculous conversion on the road to Damascus. Just walking down the road, on what may have seemed like another ordinary day, which led to an extraordinary experience that changed his destiny and the destiny of the church!

God wants to use you, right where you are if you’re willing to lay down whatever it is that is keeping you from serving or saying “yes”.  Starting right where you are, with what you have and who you are…simply ask the Lord as Paul did in Acts 9:6: “Lord, what do You want me to do?”  When you do, God can take your ordinary and transform it to extraordinary, if you know and believe just as Paul came to realize “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – Philipians 4:13.

 

About Carol Doyel

Carol Doyel is Editor-in-Chief and Founder of LivingBetter50.com. She is a graduate of The Full Gospel Bible Institute and has a passion for women’s ministries, issues and lives. She and her husband of nearly 30 years have three grown kids and four grandchildren. They currently reside in southern California. Her desire is to inspire women to live better physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

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From Your Ordinary to God’s Extraordinary!