expected versus exceptional

When I was speaking in Germany a few years ago, I was at an event where everyone knew what was to be expected.  People were to behave w polite decorum, everyone looked freshly laundered & ironed & everything seemed sanitized & sterilized.  There was some nice background music, the exchanges among people were un-noteworthy, the presentations were given in the expected manner & after the event, everyone left w possibly no memory of what had happened.  For me, the event got lost in the white noise of life.  I was one of the presenters at this event & when i drove home, i felt hollow & somewhat disappointed.

When i talked w God about this, He challenged me with the contrast between expected & exceptional.  Exceptional living doesn’t always go w the flow.  Exceptional living is when we have a normal conversation & something comes up that says, “except . . . ”  Exceptional is the stand out – distinct from the crowd, different from the norm, noteworthy & uncommon.  The path of least resistence is the expected.  But for me, when i walk this path, i feel disingenuous, unauthentic & in disonance.  Now clearly, there’s a time to live as expected, but a question worth considering is:  do we live the “expected life” too often???

Pls be sure to pray for the people of Iran today.

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