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adjective; not normal, average, typical, or usual; deviating from a standard

1 Peter 2:9. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Nothing about you is normal. You weren’t called to be normal. So why do we work so hard to fit into a world that is completely and totally temporary? It’s not about the clothes you wear, but the fruit you bear that sets you apart. If your fruit looks exactly like the world then of what benefit was it to others? How did it help humanity?

If it didn’t help humanity then of what purpose did my life serve? As a follower of the Way then love is my mandate and if love is my mandate and I play it out ordinarily then I’ve missed the whole point.

My prayer for you is that your life is never normal. That your life takes twists and turns and ups and downs that form such a powerful love for others that nothing else matters. Not money, not fame, not our own way or opinion or judgment but simply that our love for God outweighs our love for anything else. My prayer is that you find your place in a church where your gifts are used, not as you think they should, because most people want platform promise, but where your love and talent can shine through.

My prayer continues that you will never take for granted a single day of your life. It’s easy for us to go about our day but it’s a different thing to notice the extraordinary. We’ve had fabulous sunny warm days here in California these days. Do we take the time to notice it? Do we take the time to show God the gratitude for it? Do we look at it in terms of how it works for us or for others? No one is promised tomorrow so we have o make the most of today!