Articles and thoughts by Steve Green.
We are an ‘over the top’ society with an insatiable appetite for the new, improved and best next thing. Our satisfaction with the ordinary has forever been spoiled now that our hunger for the extraordinary has been awakened. During a visit to Circuit City, I stopped to watch a football game on HD plasma TV. When I came home I noticed that my old bubble-shaped TV looked dull and grainy. A few weeks ago a sponsor put us up in a luxury hotel with feather beds. Ah…what a good night’s rest. Now the La Quinta just doesn’t cut it and the Holiday Inn needs help. Even our palates murmur their displeasure with regular food. Surely you could tell where you’ve had the best steak, seafood, rolls, pasta or pies. Ok, I’ll admit it. The best honey bran muffins are at Mimi’s Café. No one else comes close.
I could go on about our houses and cars and vacations and entertainment. What, you say, a concert with no smoke and mirrors or dancing poodles? How boring is that? And what about our churches? How in the world can a small congregation keep up with the multimedia extravaganza put on by the church down the street? The pressure on pastors is just as great. On a side note, I wonder if the reason many pastors have gone to topical messages is to satisfy the expectations of people wanting something exciting and entertaining. I mean, which sermon title would draw you to listen, “Seven Sensational Secrets to Success”, or “Continuing Our Study in Romans Chapter 9”?
But this restlessness and dissatisfaction is a malady of the mind and a sickness of the soul.
At the end of his journey, the prodigal son realized that home was really what his heart had longed for all along. Somehow, home had become a dull prison with its daily, mundane routines. Somewhere out there was excitement. Yet in the end, after his long wandering journey, home looked like a shining castle on a hill, and the welcome embrace of very familiar loved ones had never felt so good.
G. K. Chesterton wrote, “The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.”
May our hearts never lose the wonder, appreciation and fascination for the miraculous gift of the ordinary.
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