Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ordinary after Extraordinary

I've just returned from doing some volunteer work in Sri Lanka. When I am there I feel as if I am doing exactly what God created me to do. I am in love with the place, the people, the work. It is like when you have an itch on your back and you finally reach it and then all is right with the world. Each time I come home I leave another little piece of my heart there. So in doing something so extraordinary and coming home to packing lunches, doing laundry, planning lessons, and just what seems to be the average, ordinary, ho hum life I lead seems like a bit of a let down.

It is as if I have had this out of body experience, something so amazingly incredible that it is almost like it didn't actually happen to me. Perhaps it was just a dream that lasted longer than one night.

Yet, it did happen and somehow I have to reconcile that the incredible experience I had is a part of my journey just as mush as laundry, cleaning, and all the other mom, wife, and teacher things are a part of my journey.

I view my experience in Sri Lanka as this incredibly extraordinary time, but each and every day could be extraordinary. It really is up to me to look at each day and say what will I do to make today extraordinary not just ordinary? It's kinda easy to say that, but living it is a whole different story. I sort of see coming home from Sri Lanka as reentering the atmosphere, and settling back on earth, but what if I continued to live an out of this world life even at home?

SO, that is the challenge, and I am far from mastering it, but I am setting my goal to stop viewing life as ordinary and make each day God gives me extraordinary. Time to stop wasting my life and live each day to the absolute fullest.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." Colossians 3:23 - 24

"You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14) I have to make every moment count, because life is merely a vapor.