Do you have a phrase or scripture that is your "go to" in time of need or when you are looking for motivation? The 23rd Psalm is one for me along with what the former Coach of the Washington Redskins, George Allen once said, "The future is now." We know and remember these, but what do they really do for us?
They soothe, they inspire and they get us through, but in the end, if they have real solid meaning in the difficult every day life we live, they come alive when reality is eclipsed by the power of God. Something happens that does not make sense to us, but makes perfect sense to God. As an example:
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
Thus the phrase Common People Doing Uncommon Things was born. Ordinary people are supposed to be doing ordinary things and every now and then they will do extraordinary things, but not every day. What happened to Peter and John is that connecting with Jesus transformed them to full time extraordinary, but they had to be known to be ordinary for the power of God to be demonstrated in the flesh.
So we trudge along in life with our problems, our addictions, our faults and our self centered way of thinking, and then along comes an encounter with the Lord and everything changes. Then people say, "Wow, what a great guy or girl," but in reality we are just a product of meeting up with infinity, the most high, the absolute perfection who makes us seem so much greater because of Him.
Then we truly become, very simply Common People Doing Uncommon Things never to be ordinary again!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.