Own a house on your own piece of land. Plant deep roots. Two cars. A steady income. You know. Be normal. I used to crave that. Can we just follow a normal young couple’s path, please?
But that has not been my life. That has not been our lives. None of those things are true about us. We have never owned (and are very happy about that, by the way). We have not planted deep roots in any one location. We only have one car. A part-time job that doesn’t even exist in the summer would hardly qualify as a steady income.
Normal? Definitely not!
Beautiful? In every possible way.
Sometimes God calls us to live differently. To live outside the mold. It is nothing dramatic. We have not left everything and moved to a third-world country. Many others have. We have not sacrificed anything great. The only thing we have sacrificed is normal.
But what is normal anyway?
Our normal is taking the path that God has laid out for us. Normal is making for ourselves the life that we believe God has for us. Most of the time, normal means we don’t know what is next. And that’s okay.
It may mean a move. We know what that is like! It may mean a job change to give you liberty to do what you really believe God wants you to. It may be as simple as using your time differently. But don’t hold back because it is not normal. You may simply be realizing that your normal is different.
I don’t crave normal anymore, because I have realized that my life is normal. And I am loving it.
Is your normal different than the normal of society, your community, or church family?