I’m not insulting you. I am simply stating the odds. Chances are, you’re ordinary just like me. I just started reading The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias, and the first chapter is about recognizing God’s imprint on your life. Ravi rightly states, “Not everyone is a Bach or an Einstein. But there is splendor in the ordinary.” He says this in the context of what so many face on a daily basis, namely, the pressure to DO something grand or special.
I know I’ve felt that pressure. For me this temptation comes primarily in the arena of academics. “If I could just get a degree from a world renown school, then I will have DONE something grand.” But I know that’s not true. So when I was rejected by Duke University I was crushed. I shouldn’t have been surprised that a school with the Devil as their mascot would betray me, but it didn’t numb the pain. Not only was I not attending an elite school; I was rejected by an elite school. I actually went backwards–who does that?
I don’t think I’m alone in feeling that if I don’t DO something incredible that my existence will not have mattered. I won’t matter unless I write a book that changes someone’s life or build a ministry of 10,000 people or earn a PhD from a school that when you hear the name makes you think, “Wow, that dude must be brilliant…and in a ton of debt.” There is splendor in the ordinary. It’s a lesson I’m learning everyday. That doesn’t mean I won’t strive to do some great things. But any effort has to flow out of who I am and Whose I am.
Do you ever feel the pressure to DO something extraordinary instead of seeing the splendor in the ordinary?