Cherishing the Ordinary to Take Hold of the Extraordinary

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” – Luke 1:26-33 (NIV)

Do you ever fail to recognize blessings in the here and now because you are so busy looking solely for the extraordinary? How many times do you look back and recognized that you had a good thing going but you lost it because you took it for granted? Even though we may not be able to get back what we lost, it can serve as a tool to help us cherish the ordinary in the present.

Because we live in a fallen world, nothing on this side of heaven is perfect. We must allow that to resonate in our heart. If our intent is to look for the bad in people and circumstances, we will surely find it. Thus, it will require us to make a conscious effort to look for the good in everyone and everything.

Greatness is a process. It typically is achieved as a result of compiling a succession of consistent ordinary occurrences. Even the act of bring forth the greatest man to walk on this earth was a process. He was born to a virgin who carried Him in her womb for nine months. He was a toddler who crawled before he could walk down the road that led him to the cross. He had to die before He was resurrected which culminated in an extraordinary feat of saving the world from our sinful nature.


Lord, help me to make the most of today by recognizing the good in the ordinary occurrences in my life. I thank You for the extraordinary things it will yield in time as I cherish the ordinary.

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