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6 Responses to “Extraordinary Ordinary Lives”

  1. Susan Schreer Davis says:

    I love this. For one, I was greatly moved by the movie Chariots of Fire during my first husband’s battle with a brain tumor. On top of that, I’m currently in a car, riding home after s two night stay on my husband’s family farm. His Dad and brothers still grow cotton and peanuts on thousands of acres in South, GA. The quiet, stillness always impacts me, and I leave longing to embrace simplicity and calm once back in the city. Yet, my dad and I constantly chat about Gods calling and leading and our longing to make a difference for the Gospel of Christ. There’s a sacred place for both. For winning gold and suffering in a prisoner of war camp, as well as a lot of just eating, sleeping, and breathing in between. Today I celebrate the ordinary, yet wrap it up in a willing heart that says, “I’m here, Lord. Willing to be sent.”

  2. Tim Ferrell says:

    seems to me by definition of secular and sacred we would be remiss to use this terminology.

    secular means age/generation with implication that most ‘work’ does not last past this age.

    Will we not work in the New Earth, will we not be transformed so that we can reign (“they will reign with Him forever and ever”) as per Genesis 1-2?

    Mike, i have heard you exegete the Hebrew word that is the same word translated Ministry, Arts, Worship, Work, service

    Secular does not serve us nor is it an accurate word to describe our work – nor does ordinary/extraordinary

  3. Mike Metzger says:

    Hi Tim:

    Thanks for engaging my piece. it seems to me that two of your assumptions are incorrect (could be wrong–you tell me).

    Second paragraph: “Secular” does not imply secular (ordinary) work will not go into eternity. It will. All work that’s done well will be preserved in eternity (and rewarded), including ordinary labors.

    Third paragraph: We will work in the new heavens and new earth. Ruling cities for example. The difference is that our work won’t be “toil and trouble” (to use Shakespeare’s fine phrase). As you note in para four, our work will be integral to ministry, the arts, worship, and service. That’s the kind of work everyone can do here on earth.

  4. Chris Robertson says:

    Hi, Mike – I’m a little confused by this paragraph. It seems like there is a distinction between his work in China vs. his work as a runner. What does Duncan Hamilton mean by “an addendum” when referring to Eric’s running?

    “Liddell believed that “God made me for China.” It was an extraordinary vocation, sacred. Running was an ordinary vocation, secular, “an addendum” writes Duncan Hamilton, author of For the Glory: Eric Liddell’s Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr. Eric saw God as equally present in both. There was no sacred/secular dichotomy.”

  5. Mike Metzger says:

    Hi Chris:

    I think “addendum” simply means ordinary. Equally good in God’s eyes to his work as a missionary, but not extraordinary. Liddell could quit running if he felt like it (or tired of it). He could not quit China.

  6. George Hepburn says:

    Great commentary.

    Our work, given by God to do, is good and counts in eternity.

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