An Ordinary Day!

This is an article I wrote for the Fellowship Reformed Church eNewsletter, Sunday’s Comin’

“Getting distracted is fun!” These are words I said a few weeks back when I was in Muskegon with our Ridder team at a retreat. Actually, I can’t believe that I said those words out loud. Before I say more, let me give you some background. The Ridder team is made up of our pastors and members of the congregation. This group has been together for over 4 years with the purpose of being transformed as individuals and helping Fellowship identify and move toward God’s preferred future.

During this retreat we were learning about the topic of mastery. Mastery can be summarized as moving from pursuing something to becoming something. It is where our skill becomes automatic and we no longer need to think about it. This typically happens for people by following a Transformational Learning Model. You may have heard about it over the past years if you attended Faithwalking. This model is based on: receiving information, putting it into practice, and then taking time to reflect. If you continue on this path around a particular skill you will eventually reach mastery.

So, after learning about mastery and spending time in solitude where we applied the information to our life, our group gathered back together to share what we learned. As each of us shared, the rest of the group would challenge us with questions that forced us to reflect at a deeper level. This is when I found myself saying, “It’s fun to get distracted.” These words came as I talked about how I don’t try to be a master of anything. When I verbalized the fun of distraction, it cut into my soul. I could see, bright as day, that my skill of learning could also be a curse that pulls me off track. I take great pride in knowing how to learn. Over the years I’ve learned many things like woodworking, model rocketry, playing guitar, welding, fly-fishing, fountain pens, drawing, writing, painting, computers, iPads, networking, leadership, teams, and more. I’m thankful for the knowledge and skills but wonder about the purpose.

This past Sunday, Pastor Marijke spoke of how our culture is founded on discontent and distraction where everything has to be new, faster, better, and more exciting. In the process of pursuing all of these distractions we forget about a path of mastery in joining God in his work. This comes through seeking things that last rather than things that feel good in the moment. This is “having the courage to face an ordinary day.” Each morning I am beginning to wonder what it looks like to have the courage to face the day in a way that leads to lasting impact. A practice I have started is to journal a page or two in the morning with everything that is going on in my mind for the day and then putting it before God. So far, it has helped me face the day with more clarity and focus. I pray that you are also able to “live ready” for whatever God has for you at this time and in this moment.

Questions to consider:

  • What would it look like to engage the Bible in a way that gives us courage to face each ordinary day?
  • How might we read the Bible in such a way that we might receive words from God, put them into practice throughout the day, and then reflect at the end of the day?
  • What is getting between us and God?

Scripture to read:

Psalm 119 (selected verses):

How long must your servant endure?

With my whole heart I seek you;

do not let me stray from your commandments.

I treasure your word in my heart,

so that I may not sin against you.

I run the paths of your commandments,

for you enlarge my understanding.

The unfolding of your words gives light;

it imparts understanding to the simple.

Oh, how I love your law!

It is my meditation all day long.

Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,

for it is always with me.

Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.

Give me understanding according to your word.

Your decrees are righteous forever;

give me understanding that I may live.