“Normal” is an interesting term. It’s sort of one of those things that is hard to define, but easy to know it when you see it. From clothes and styles to behavior, any student can quickly point out what is “normal” and what is flat-out “weird.” And from an early age, it seems that everyone learns pretty quickly that normal is good and weird is bad. Normal is cool and weird is anything but cool. Because of this, we tend to spend a lot of our lives trying to normal – trying to fit in and not look too weird. A lot of time, money, and energy goes into trying be like everyone else, out of fear of being different.
But when we look at what Jesus taught, if we are honest with ourselves, he taught things that weren’t exactly normal, didn’t He? Things like “Turn the other cheek” and “Love your Enemies.” What about commands like “Pray for those who persecute you” and “You must lose your life to find it.” That doesn’t sound too normal, does it? When it comes to following Jesus, we must learn to embrace the idea that being normal can’t be the goal anymore. The life Jesus calls us to is anything but normal…but he’s ultimately calling us to something so much better than normal.
Over the next several weeks, we’ll look at how Christ followers are to live and think regarding some key areas of our life…Time, Money, Friendships and Relationships. The goal is that at the end of this series, students will embrace the life God has for them and they’ll be fulfilled knowing that they are doing exactly what they were created to do!