Sometimes I feel so ordinary. For years, I longed to do great things, achieve milestones, or be famous in some unforeseen way—any way. Yet now, much closer to age 60 than 50, the likelihood of such posterity is becoming remote, and the remaining pages of my life’s manuscript probably less than those already inscribed.
Do you ever think that your life is not remarkable enough? Do you want to rush through your studies, job or daily routine with the hopes of filling in the blanks with mighty deeds for God and man? You’re not alone. It is a common human predicament to focus on service or accomplishments in order to have an exceptional testimony or noteworthy Christian resume.
But the greater relevance is not what is on our pages, but Who.
“And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Cor. 3:3 (ESV)
“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col. 1:27 (ESV)
“Letus fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)
As author and speaker Paul Tripp says, “God is the author of your story.” When we focus on the Sovereign Writer, we will view our personal story differently—not with a view
to what we can accomplish, but rather, to Whom we serve and what He has already done. This focus changes everything.
So when we think that our life, routines or responsibilities appear rather ordinary, may we humbly relinquish trust in our own understanding and return the pen to His hand. The Lord will finish our manuscript with sweeping wisdom and beauty.
The following excerpt from The Valley of Vision, a well-worn devotional of mine, expresses it better than I:
If traces of Christ’s love be upon me,
may He work on with His divine brush
until the complete image be obtained
and I be made a perfect copy of Him, my Master.
As we continue to learn and grow at Regent University, may each page of our life be written and reflective of Jesus Christ. Our story may appear like another ordinary manuscript to some, but He has written eternity on each page with His blood.
There’s nothing ordinary about that.