Here we go again with another “Five Minute Friday” post! To learn more about “Five Minute Friday” (FMF), check out the linked image here. Basically, each week there’s a word given for you to write about. You start writing, no back-tracking, editing, etc. At the end of 5 minutes, you stop. Then you post it, and share in the community of words that were birthed during these 24-ish hours. It’s cool stuff.
So here’s this week’s response to the word: “ordinary”
We avoid these things like a disease. Because if you’re truly enjoying life, if you’re doing it right, if you’re the spectacular employee, father, husband, friend, etc…there’s no such thing as “ordinary”. It’s the same with “average”. You may as well put a giant stamp on whatever is being described that says, “I didn’t really try.”
But perhaps, there’s more beauty in the ordinary than we give credit. In a world that’s based on how fast our brains can process information, images, and sales pitches – our hearts are lagging behind. Our hearts need time to process what a moment feels like. The gentle breaths of a 3 year old sleeping next to you. The frigid sunrise as you’re driving early to work. The unique patterns of frost as the window takes time to melt. These “ordinary” moments that don’t require any sort of extra “effort”, don’t ask us to “try harder” in order to make a better product. They are moments we experience every day, quietly slipping by as our brains search for the next really important thing to notice.
I’m a youth pastor, and by the public image of this job – I realize the first thought many people have is how entertaining/fun youth ministries can be. I won’t argue, I’ve got an obnoxiously fun personality at times. But I like to think that our ministry, and my personal life as well, are characterized less by requiring the “super (-ficially valuable)”, and more by embracing the ordinary. Because I think that by embracing the ordinary, we connect ourselves with an incredible God who has already spoken His “Good” over such things…
Sounds like I’ve got a few thoughts on this, eh?