Rise Above "Normal"

The key to developing exceptional intimacy with God

Have you ever wanted to be great at something? Do you look at people who excel with just a little jealousy or envy, wondering what it's like to be a famous singer or Olympic athlete? In every category of life, there are people who seem to soar while the rest of us are bound by gravity.

I think this is also true with spirituality. Some people seem to live on a different plane in their relationship with God. Were they born with a "superhuman" spiritual gene? How did David become the "apple of God's eye" (Psalm 17:8, NIV)? Why were John the Baptist, Moses, Mary, and Daniel so highly favored by God?

Super Christians?

The list of "super Christians" isn't limited to the Bible. Throughout history and even in our time, some men and women are marked by a profound intimacy with the Creator. Some are famous and others completely obscure. I've always wondered what made them a cut above in the spiritual realm. Just as I could never hope to be a great athlete or Nobel Prize-winning genius, I also assumed that reaching great spiritual heights and depths was impossible. Until recently . . .

What I came to realize is that these people are normal, but they have "abnormal" relationships with God.

I had the incredible opportunity for four years to sit behind the microphones of Focus on the Family and talk to some of the "super Christians" of our day. I expected to meet people who were somehow different. Would Max Lucado turn my water into a soy latte? Would Nancy DeMoss and Jerry Bridges have halos around their heads? What I came to realize is that these people are normal, but they have "abnormal" relationships with God. They simply don't settle for a status quo walk with the Lord.

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Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery is a TCW regular contributor and blogger. A widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and broadcast media professional, she co-founded Authentic Intimacy and is the co-author of Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?

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