This morning as Rick and I listened to the “Pray as you go” devotional from England, and ‘ornery’ is what I heard, but ordinary is what he said. Because of the British accent, I couldn’t distinguish at first which word the man had said.
They are one in the same…..think about it. We the ‘ordinary’ people of this world, God’s creation, created in love for His glory and His purpose, ordinary are ‘ornery’. We don’t listen, we don’t obey readily and our focus is on ourselves!
Then we read the daily from Oswald Chambers and he answered the Ornery and Ordinary in one fell swoop.
“The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is revealed in his attitude toward the ordinary things of life when he is not under the spotlight (seeJohn 1:35-37 and John 3:30). It is painful work to get in step with God and to keep pace with Him— it means getting your second wind spiritually. In learning to walk with God, there is always the difficulty of getting into His stride, but once we have done so, the only characteristic that exhibits itself is the very life of God Himself. The individual person is merged into a personal oneness with God, and God’s stride and His power alone are exhibited.”
That person becomes extraordinary and doesn’t even know it! Their influence on those around them never crosses their mind. They just love Jesus, ‘Listen’ to and for His voice and obeys.