By Danelle Skinner, FEW Ambassador
FEW’s Core Value #11
I would say that through FEW (The Fellowship of Extraordinary Women), I have come to understand the difference between living an ordinary life and living an extraordinary life is the difference between having a true relationship with Christ or not.
It’s choosing to agree to follow Him even when He doesn’t spell out all the details.
It’s knowing when and where God is working in and around your life and joining Him.
The people we read about in the Bible were ordinary. Their relationship with God and His activity in their lives made them extraordinary. Let’s take Moses for example. God accomplished through Moses what Moses could not do in his own strength—and what about Peter and John? Look what was said about them in Acts 4:13, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
I’d say THIS is extraordinary: When people can just tell that you’ve spent time with Jesus!
God wants you to be you and let Him do through you whatever He chooses, BECAUSE in the hands of an extraordinary God an ordinary Christian can do anything.
It’s important however when discussing ordinary vs. extraordinary not to measure our lives by the world’s standards! We are living by the standards of the unseen Kingdom.
God delights in using ordinary people to accomplish His purposes. Paul said, God deliberately seeks the weak things and the despised things because, from them, He receives the greatest glory. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31) He does this because in that way everyone will know only God could have done those things!
So if you feel weak, limited or ordinary you are the best material through which an extraordinary God works.
I personally experienced this for the first time in a FEW Publications experience! I felt weak, certainly unqualified That’s for sure.
I have heard Kim say she is a word nerd and I am starting to believe I am too!
Ex·traor·di·nar·y means very unusual or remarkable; worthy of attention; notice taken of someone or something; the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important.
I’d say this is a true definition of our Lord. He is definitely unusual, (meaning He can do things we never could), He’s remarkable and worthy of our attention!
The first question I have if you want an extraordinary life is this: Have you given our extraordinarily remarkable God the attention He deserves? And by attention, I mean have you taken special care of your relationship with Him?
Have you given Him your …
Or the attentiveness He deserves?
Living an extraordinary life is available to us all! To access it, we simply must concentrate on MR. EXTRAORDINARY Himself! Learn His ways, give Him our ear, give special care to our relationship with Him, allow Him to fill our weakness with His strengths.
Allow Him to put his Extra on your Ordinary!
Maybe there are some areas of your life that you have done this, but maybe you have other areas you have closed off to the Lord—which means you’ve been closed off to His “extra.” His extra power to heal, to reconcile, to create opportunity out of nothing, and the list goes on.
The answer is simple. If you want an extraordinary life, then give your awareness to where and what God is doing in your life and join Him! I personally believe FEW Women are living extraordinary lives. We believe what God says about us is the truest thing about us. I have heard Kim say when a woman knows and walks in who God says she is, she is unstoppable! There is no way she can not be extraordinary when she steps into her most extraordinary identity. FEW women struggle with worth, value, and titles at times, but we have resolved that our truest selves were created in the heart of God and we are grounded in His Truth (His Word). This allows us to
- Know when God is speaking.
- Know what He is saying.
- Know how we will respond to His presence in our lives.
To be extraordinary you must be choose to be moldable and to remain in the hand of the Master.
Choose to be Extraordinary today!
Danelle Skinner, FEW Ambassador