AROUND AGE THIRTY I remember looking at my life and suddenly realizing that I was a schoolteacher, comfortably married with two children, content in my suburban home. I attended church every Sunday, drove fairly close to the speed limit, watched too much television, and paid my taxes. I had never been in trouble; everyone knew me as kind and easygoing. To tell you the truth, I was a little disappointed in myself.
Then I realized this awesome truth, an understanding that has been growing in me for many years now, the revelation that “We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” My ordinariness, it turns out, happens to be the perfect vehicle for the glory of God. This is where we live, this world of work and marriage and television and children and church. This is also the exact venue where God purposes to shine. Our ordinariness is God’s opportunity.
Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men
From page 10 of Get Real: A Spiritual Journey for Men by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2007 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
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But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.
—2 Corinthians 4:7-10, NRSV
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