Could it be what some would call ordinary, might actually be radical? According to Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary the definition of radical is departure from the usual and traditional, tending or disposed to make extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions.
I remember a time when a person’s word was as binding as a contract, marriage vows were honored, children were taught respect, people showed kindness and were courteous. Oh, yes, there were some exceptions but for the most part these things were true.
A friend gave me the above verse several years ago at a time when things were very busy and I could have easily lost focus on my flock. I used to keep it on my refrigerator as a reminder to always know the condition of my flock (husband and children). It is no longer posted on my refrigerator because it is written upon my heart and mind. My family is the most important ministry that the Lord has given me. Therefore, it is my responsibility to know the condition of my flock.
However, our world has changed so much since I was a child that what once was ordinary–honoring commitments, looking out for others, and taking care of your families–seems to have been lost somewhere down the line. Therefore, I began to wonder if living a life doing what was once considered ordinary might actually be practicing the radical.
When we choose to take a moment at the grocery and hold the door for a fellow shopper.
When we choose to cook a meal at home rather than hitting the drive through.
When we get up with a sick children…half a dozen times…during the night.
When we choose to…Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
When we honor our marriage vows. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate. Matthew 19:6
When we write a hand written note of encouragement.
When we careful, provide, and lead our family.
When we read bedtime stories.
When we eat dinner as a family.
When we help someone in need.
When we help our children with schoolwork.
When we encourage our spouse. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
When we spend time as a family. “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40
When we pray with our children.
Be radical–practice the ordinary.
Count blessings, Kasey