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Mary Ordinary

Today I did the main teaching portion in the Elementary services. With many volunteers either out of town, or just returning from Thanksgiving vacation it made some sense to put more on myself during this traditional “down time.”

This Sunday we kicked off week 1 of the Stars of Christmas series. It’s a Grammy-style presentation, with DVD media-driven skits; but 100% of the teaching is done by teachers in the large group and in small groups. I’ve torn the curriculum to shreds and put it back together again to get it to fit what we do at Trinity. Other than the DVD player being possessed by evil spirits, the first Sunday went off pretty well. I spoke to the kids about God’s ability to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. When one really takes the time to look at Mary, the mother of Jesus, her ordinariness is quite alarming. She isn’t anyone important as far as scripture tells us. We don’t know her to be a women of much accomplishment, nor is she known far and wide for some great skill. Yet knowing all these things she was still honored by God to do something quite extraordinary, don’t you think?

I love her humble response to her life-changing news,

38 And Mary said, Yes, I see it all now:
I m the Lord s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me
just as you say.

May I learn to let God use my ordinary self in extraordinary ways (and trust me, I’m as ordinary as they come!)

BONUS: Remember this classic Bizarro from last year?

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.