Ordinary moments…

Ordinary moments…

“It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God – but we do not.  We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people – and this is not learned in five minutes.”    Oswald Chambers

DiscipleshipDiscipleship is a process.  It’s moment by moment.  It’s the ordinary things that produce the character necessary to support the Great Moments.  The exceptional things I may have the privilege of doing for God are only in proportion to the character built in the ordinary things.  This is the stuff that qualifies you for the doing of exceptional things for God. 

Living only for the exceptional moments in life will leave you with an emptiness most of the time.  You will live in nostalgia, vicariously living through a few moments of your past or miss life all together being driven to achieve one moment of elusive greatness. 

Discipleship is about character built through relationship.  To be a disciple is to live so deeply and intimately with Jesus in every ordinary moment so when the time comes for me to do something exceptional, I will by nature be ready and not faulter – even if my greatest moment is the cross.

How are you doing in the ordinary moments?

What ordinary thing hae you done lately?

By | 2008-10-20T12:29:37+00:00 October 20th, 2008|Discipleship, Leadership, Questions, Relationships|2 Comments

About the Author:

John is a sought after speaker and founder of Transforming Life Ministries. He’s also a writer, teacher and equipper bringing an honest and practical voice to today’s and tomorrow’s church. He has a passion for people and helping them encounter the transforming life of Jesus. John and his wife Amy, presently reside in Wilmington, North Carolina with their three children, who he thanks for their four cats and a rabbit. They also have a foreign exchange daughter Jenny, from Germany. Transforming Life Ministries is presently working to build a Camp and Retreat Center, called The Fountain in Fountain, NC.


  1. Sarah October 21, 2008 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    I like this a lot. There’s a whole lot less pressure in “doing God’s will” or “living for God” when we look at it this way. We don’t struggle to search for this amazing plan God has for our lives when we realize that His amazing plan happens in our day to day lives. We always complicate things He intended to be simple, and I love the thought of doing the ordinary and it being extrordinary.

  2. livethevision October 28, 2008 at 11:27 am - Reply

    WOW. that really got the brain cell swimming around. thanks man!

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