No Such Thing As Ordinary (Guest Post)

Today I’m welcoming my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 Ministries author, Suzie Eller, to share from her beautiful new devotional, Come With Me: A Yearlong Adventure in Walking with JesusBe sure to enter to win a copy below.

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“There is no such thing as an ordinary life if I’m at the center. ~Jesus”

For a long time, I believed I was ordinary.

And I still do, except for the fact that Jesus lives in me. Which means that His presence spills out over every part of my life. Everything that I am. Everything that I do.

Really, Suzie?  

I know. Faith has been diminished – even by believers – to something we do, or don’t do. We’ve forgotten that faith is life changing. That we have been given power from on high, for the purpose of loving a broken world.

When I look in the mirror, I see a middle-aged woman (if I live to 114) with a smattering of freckles and hazel eyes. I see a mom. A wife. A wrinkle that has crept under my nose, just like my mom’s.

Jesus sees a warrior. Anointed. Called. Equipped.

There’s no such thing as an ordinary life if Jesus is at the center. Suzie Eller, #ComeWithMeDevo.

In Luke 9, Jesus calls together a group of ordinary men. He speaks over them, telling them that they’ll walk in power and authority as they follow Him.

But Suzie, that’s the disciples. That’s not me. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m a disciple too. As the early disciples walked with Jesus, their circle grew. They shared the Gospel. They mentored. They believed. They lived their faith. Other ordinary men and women joined in – all of them disciples.

Just like me. Just like you.

We are modern-day disciples and there’s an invitation as we follow Jesus. Every single day. We are invited to move beyond loving our faith – all the good things that come with it – to live our faith.

What happens when we listen for His invitation in the everyday, ordinary aspects of our life?

We overcome hard things, with His help. We forgive our enemies, even when everything within us wants to punish them for a life time (or at least for a day or two). We acknowledge when we are the difficult ones, and seek His forgiveness. We believe in the face of the impossible. We reach for Heaven’s wisdom, when ours is in short supply. We fill ourselves with the power of His word and presence, instead of all the other things that don’t come close to that gift.

We dare to believe that we are anointed, simply because Jesus offers it.

We aren’t perfect.

We don’t have all the answers.

We won’t fix the world, though Jesus will help us influence a portion of it.

We still look in the mirror, and see those same old features staring back at us. I’ll still be holding on to my middle-aged status, even though it means I’ll have to live to 114.

Yet what is on the inside becomes just as visible.

We live as disciples, following Jesus in our ordinary lives, making a dent in a broken world with His love. Becoming more like Him as we walk with Him. And that’s an extraordinary life, because He’s at the center of it all.

FREE GIFT

Suzie has a free gift for you: “13 Prayers for Come With Me”, a free PDF to encourage you to accept the invitation to follow Jesus wherever He goes. Click here to subscribe and receive the PDF in your inbox.

GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of Suzie’s Come With Me devotional. U.S. Addresses only please. Winner will be announced here on Monday, November 6.

Come With Me devotional by Suzie Eller.

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Suzie EllerSuzanne Eller (Suzie) has served Proverbs 31 Ministries for 10 years. She’s an author, international speaker and Bible teacher, top 100 Christian women’s blogger, and popular media guest. She loves nothing more than watching God work in the heart of a woman. Check out her new devotional, Come With Me: A Yearlong Adventure in Walking with Jesus.

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  • Ordinary? No. Following Jesus does not make for an ordinary life. It opens doors to wonder and greatness. It presents challenges, the difficulty of making the right choice. Not the choice that makes THIS life here on earth necessarily easy, but the choices that will lead to the BEST life ever after. Ordinary? No. Extraordinary? Absolutely!

  • “There is no such thing as an ordinary life if I’m at the center. ~Jesus”

    This quote is so true. When we have Jesus/God/Holy Spirit in us, then we aren’t ordinary. He gives me strength, peace, and comfort. The more I have Him in my life, the better person that I am to others and myself.

  • What a pure and perfect post! I love it. Yes,Jesus is my only answer in life and the only center (seated high) of my life! How i lived ignoring that fact all this while not knowing how to live it out!!!I am in great awe that God didn’t leave my side in spite of everything. He just held me and filled me with His light over all the darkness in my life. He changed me inside out and he is helping me grow closer and deeper in Him. He is teaching me how to live my everyday ordinary life with Him in extraordinary strength, courage, wisdom, love and purpose. He Healed me mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My heart overwhelms with love, gratitude and reverence when i realize that the God of the entire universe took interest in fixing my life and chose a petty and ordinary woman like me who was living in foolishness and deception. He chose to love me, forgive me, redeem me, fill me with clarity and purpose and drive me to Him every single day of my life. There is absolute beauty in living a life like that and absolute freedom in breaking all the chains of unworthy choices. I love Jesus and the Faith in Him gives me strength to soar like an eagle in the midst of all my storms. His acceptance and love is greater than any man’s acceptance or any woman’s validation. He is bigger than my guilt, my shame, my fear, my mistake and my weakness. He is the mighty power from which every soul should quench their thirst. He is a life-giving God who loves to see us empower and excel in our life just like our mom/dad loves to see their children excel, except that He is also the source of that excellence and strength unlike our earthly parents. I love the fact that He is in control of everything no matter what happens and He is the center of my life. Thanks for this lovely post Suzzie! You awakened my testimony to another level! <3

  • Thank you for the reminder to look for the extraordinary in all the ordinary tasks & lists of to-do items as we enter this new month & the holiday season.

    • Congrats Tammy, you won Suzie’s Come With Me Devotional! Please check your email for more details. Enjoy!
      Kim Stewart
      Karen Ehman Ministry Team

    • Lord, thank you for Carla. As we walk with you, we know you. We discover who you are, and who we are as a result. I pray that you will show Carla your love, your presence, and your heart for her as she reaches for you. Thank you for her honesty and her courage. In Jesus’ name.

  • This is on my wishlist of books to receive and read in the coming year. Thank you for this opportunity to walk closer with Jesus through this study!