Called. Empowered. Gifted. Uniquely made with a God-given purpose!
Can't you just hear the inspiring background music as you read those words? A swelling, triumphant anthem for a woman in a chic power suit . . .
Chunky necklace, and trendy orange heels leading a boardroom in triumph.
Or for some woman in a distant land who's translating the Bible into a rare language while simultaneously caring for orphans and drilling wells.
Or for a woman singing her heart out on stage, or speaking on stage to a packed house, or basically doing just about anything on stage with zillions of people wanting to see her or hear her or have their life amazingly changed by her.
Or some other woman—you can picture whoever it is—who is "empowered." Who is living out an amazing, exciting God-given dream. Who is following God's calling on her life in a powerful way.
While you, on the other hand? No swelling music accompanies those aforementioned words for you. Instead, they're accompanied by a pit-in-the-stomach feeling of sadness or emptiness or disappointment or just plain dullness. Because you? Well, you're just normal. Your life is. . . regular. You're not doing anything amazing or article-worthy or arena-packing.
And that doesn't feel very "empowered," does it?
Welcome to normal-town
The truth is that a lot of us live in the less-than-exciting land of normal. We have our regular jobs or our ordinary childcare routines (or sometimes juggle both). Of course we have our dreams, our if-only-I-had-time-I-would _____________ wishes, but they're squeezed in or set aside or put off for later while we tackle our daily responsibilities.
And when you live on Ordinary Street, those "empowered" women with exciting stories can make regular ol' us feel like total duds. Like somehow we aren't doing what's really important or aren't living out God's call for our lives. Like who we are and what we do just isn't "enough."
But the truth is: God lives in normal. "The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood," The Message reminds us (John 1:14). In the Incarnation, the glorious, all-powerful God clothed himself in normal and entered our ordinary world. He ate, he slept, he was part of a family and went about the regular business of living. Jesus' earthy normality (alongside his supernatural divinity) christens our normal and brings sacredness to the ordinariness of our lives.