That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life… Matthew 6:25 (NLT)
All Normal – The Ordinary Series – Part 4
“Kings and those with great authority in this world rule oppressively over their subjects, like tyrants. But this is not your calling. You will lead by a completely different model. The greatest one among you will live as the one who is called to serve others because the greatest honor and authority is reserved for the one with the heart of a servant. For even the Son of Man did not come expecting to be served by everyone, but to serve everyone, and to give his life in exchange for the salvation of many.” Matt 20:25-28. (TPT).
Jesus equates greatness not with wealth, or ‘success,’ or fame or fortune, or dominant power, or hierarchical authority. The highest honor is reserved for the humble. The vulnerable. The generous. Those who believe they are here to serve, not be served.
There’s a temptation that probably springs from our culture, to think that the more you have and the more you do and the more people you control and the more people who serve you, the more important and significant you are. BUT don’t be deceived by wealth and prominence.
We need to reframe what ‘success’ means in our culture. We need to value normalcy and the ordinary things of life; seek success in the arenas of love and grace and kindness and courage.
The word normal means, “conforming to the standard or the common type; usual; not abnormal; regular; natural.” It comes from the Latin word “norm?lis, which means made according to a carpenter's square.”
OK, at this point you're probably not saying, “WOW, normal sounds amazing!”
But let's work the definition.
What if we were all normal: made in the image of the Divine, according to his standard and his common love; common in its extravagance and consistent in its workmanship.
What if we were all normal: we are all the usual type of person – we are all regular. We all breathe, we all bleed, we all love, and we all suffer. Your pain is as common as your neighbors'. And their joy is as regular and ‘not abnormal' as yours.
What if we were all normal: naturally wonderful. Naturally loved. Naturally designed for purpose and connection.
What if we were all normal: our greatness and uniqueness as regular and common and as usual and natural as every other person who has ever lived and ever will live.
We are the same, you and I. We all are.
When I realized that my neighbor feels pain as deeply as I do; that they struggle with the idea of being normal too; that they dream of joy and hope for love; that the fight for what the believe in; and that they sometimes give up, and sometimes they keep on going… Every day, in every single way, we live and breathe and move in this world that is held together by the Divine. And in that, we are all so very normal and regular and natural.
It’s this normal, common connection that we all have with each other that helps us lower our guard and serve one another with vulnerability, generosity, and love.
Go to Part 5 – Serve Others »
Written by Lizzy Milani