When the word “Normal” is not acceptable – Something that is a way of life rather than an event changes how the world looks at us.

Posted: September 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

Some things are just plain strange. The “Burning Man” event held annually in the Nevada desert could easily qualify as not being normal. Most people would avoid that event without even thinking about it. Most people have never heard of it. In this case, “normal” might be looked at as acceptable.

However, when our church plans an event to help others in some serving way, many don’t mind taking a Saturday (until the football game begins at 5), to help out. This is just a one time deal or maybe a once in a while thing that doesn’t require me changing my schedule too much. It is “tacked on” and has not become “the fabric of my life.” I can return to a normal way of life after the event. And the worse part is that I feel good about “doing my part of helping others.”

Contrast that with how Paul’s “normal” looked in 2 Timothy 3:10 & 11. The normal life for Paul and for us as well should be looked at as when we live life together rather than occasionally. Look at what Paul was able to demonstrate to Timothy by doing this together-his manner of life, direction, faith, steadiness, love, patience, troubles, sufferings in various locations, how God rescued him…

What this means: We should be careful in wanting to have a “normal” life that looks like everybody else. We need to remember that Jesus was the most counter-cultural person that ever walked on the planet…hmm, I wonder what following him means in that regard? Be careful in defining “normal” based on our culture rather than Jesus’ lifestyle.

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