The idea behind this post was spurred from an article by Michael Horton over at the White Horse Inn titled Ordinary: The New Radical? It’s an interesting post talking about our problem of always looking for the next Big Thing and how that has permeated into the church. Something that we most often see in the church programs we create and more recently in the way we ‘do’ worship. I really liked how Michael framed the following paragraph:
In what is seen as the ordinary, the unexciting, the plain and slowly progressing ,the greatest most enduring changes have taken place. Almost nothing of any long term value is learned in a day and that certainly holds true when it comes to personal change, whether that be physical, mental or spiritual.
It’s not the next big thing that leaves the most indelible impression on us, but the ordinary steadfast character and guidance of the people in our lives. And when I view the people who have made the greatest changes in my life it isn’t the ones who were the flashiest. While the flashy people were fun and exciting they weren’t the ones that helped me develop my character or at least not the character that I desired. When I was a young Christian, I guess the role models that I looked too would be deemed fairly plain folk living really plain lives and doing church in a really plain way. No glitz or flair, but what they outwardly may have lacked in panache they more than made up for with a spiritual character and zeal that I saw as both desirous and daunting. Were they ordinary? Perhaps by the worlds standards but from a young Christian’s perspective they’ve always been larger than life.
So to the senior saints at Presbyterian Church of the Atonement thank you for being the fire eating, cliff jumping, dare devils of faith that I’ve aspired to be for the better part of my adult life.