For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV)
Do you feel ordinary? As you go about your day, running to the grocery store, driving kids to soccer practice, piling laundry and all those other fun things, does all that activity seem important? Or do you feel lost in the shuffle?
I was driving to church one morning after a big snow and looked across a field. The sun was hitting the snow making it glisten like diamonds. The trees had just enough snow on them to be breathtaking. And the sky was clearing to show a beautiful, blue color. How could I compare to that? Nature is so beautiful, so breathtaking, and here I am driving around as ordinary as can be.
Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God’s handiwork, and Ephesians 5:1 calls us dearly loved children. The Maker of the Universe sees me as something special and something to be cherished. Certainly not ordinary, not boring, not ho hum. He simply doesn’t see my life like that.
God has given me a family to care for, a job to use my skills, people to connect with, and He wants me to shine in my life just like the snow shines in the sun.
It’s not just that God loves me because I am His creation. There is also a great light shining through me which is the light of Jesus. After accepting Jesus Christ into my heart, I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are not ordinary, we’re extraordinary!
There is no one else like us. There is no one else who can do what God has asked us to do.
Sometimes we get lost in the daily shuffle of life. We just might see ourselves as not so much. But God sees so much more.
Take a moment to ask Him today to remind you how extraordinary you are!
Guest devotion by Robin Abel. Robin serves as the children’s ministry director at a large, non-denominational church in Western PA. Learn how you can become a guest writer.