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Normal’s Not Enough

Hey everyone, I know it’s been a while.

I was at a youth conference last weekend called Acquire the Fire. It was in Toronto, and I went with my youth group.

It was an amazing time–what it is, in essence, is 27 hours of straight worship. No games, no goofing off, just straight-out worship and speakers and talking about God!

There were some speakers who were hilarious, some that were really serious, and the worship was amazing. School of Worship was in charge of that part, and the girl on the band could sing! :O

The theme of the conference, though, was “Normal’s Not Enough”.

That raises the question: What is normal? What does it mean to not be normal?

We talked about this in youth group tonight and to me, this phrase means that we need to choose to live apart from the world. Christianity is a leap of faith–we’re giving up the things of this world for the hope that there’s a better world to come.

But as a Christian it’s easy to slip into a “Christian-by-name” phase.

What God did for us was not normal. It was anything but normal. And we think that giving him only part of us is acceptable.

How blind are we, anyway?

When you go sky diving, there is no middle ground. You’re either on the plane, or you’re out. It’s the same way with faith–the normal way is to play it safe–to stay on the plane. To say we’re a Christian, go to church, have our Christian group of friends. But the way God wants us to live is to be on fire for him, to proclaim his name to whoever will listen. To be joyful even in the midst of suffering–to have an attitude of surrender, of complete and utter trust in God.

Normal is easy. Different is hard.

We’re standing on the edge of a cliff. Right now we’re standing on solid ground, the stuff we can see, feel, taste, hear–the things of this world. But on the other side is what is unimaginable–God, and his glory, his splendor.

It’s your decision to jump or not. God is waiting, ready to catch you. You are the only person who is stopping you from having the most amazing experience of your life. Normal is not enough–living a normal life is not enough. Who wants to be remembered as someone who didn’t do anything special? God has so much more in store for you. You just need to jump.

God wants to catch you.

But you need to jump.

Becca

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I haven’t written in a while, I know. And I promised someone I’d write a post a week ago, so here it finally is. :)

I’ve been talking to some people a lot recently about the future. What they want to do. Whether the work is worth it.

As humans we get discouraged so easily. There’s always someone smarter than us, more beautiful, more talented, more successful, friendlier, has better faith, anything. It is so easy to compare ourselves to others, and when we do that, we forget about what God has given us.

I know many extremely talented people. Many people who have a huge future, and people I know God is going to use in big ways if they’ll let him. While talking with them I just keep remembering Luke 12:48:

“…Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”

God gives us our talents, our gifts, our personalities. Depending on how much he has given us, he will expect us to use those gifts and talents to further his kingdom.

It’s amazing how often we can forget about what God has gifted us with. When I hear some of my friends talk about themselves it’s hard for me to imagine that they can’t see themselves for who they really are. I look at them and I see that they* are smart, beautiful, loving, determined, musical, and have a real heart for God but they so easily forget what they’ve been gifted with. They are exceptional people.

God doesn’t just give us talents so that we will be “more special” than other people, though. That’s not what I mean at all. For all the other superhero nuts out there, remember what Uncle Ben says? “With great power comes great responsibility.” Because you have been entrusted with much, God will expect much of you.

You have been given gifts. Those are not for your glory, those are not to build up your pride. Do not let them define you, and do not use them as a weapon to bring other people down.

Rejoice in them, but not in a prideful way. Rejoice in them because you know that God has gifted you for a purpose. Because you know that God has given you talents to carry out his will for your life.

But also be prepared to answer his call–he has much planned for you.

Becca

 

* this is a generalization :) obviously we’re all going to have different talents. Just because you might not be musical or whatever does not mean God has not given you gifts to use for his kingdom. 

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