THRIVE: As the week begins and things are heading back towards normal…

Happy Monday! The weekend of celebration is wrapping up and another early morning trip to the airport to send loved ones home. The work week begins with excitement about getting to present. And nearly back to normal. Although, what is normal? Is it how things were 3 weeks ago? Is it how things were pre-covid? Is it how things will be later this week? Is it how things will be when we get into the end of summer? Change is constant and so defining normal may seem to change too.

The dictionary tells us this about normal:

normal (adjective)
conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected:
"it's quite normal for puppies to bolt their food" · "normal working hours"
usual · standard · typical · stock · common · ordinary · customary · conventional · habitual · accustomed · expected · wonted · everyday · regular · routine · day-to-day · daily · established · settled · set · fixed · traditional · quotidian · prevailing · average · run-of-the-mill · middle-of-the-road · mainstream · unremarkable · unexceptional · plain · simple · homely · homespun · workaday · garden-variety
unusual · abnormal
(of a person) physically and mentally healthy:
"until her accident Louise had been a perfectly normal little girl" · "many previously normal people exhibit psychotic symptoms after a few nights without sleep"
sane · in one's right mind · right in the head · of sound mind · in possession of all one's faculties · able to think/reason clearly · lucid · rational · coherent · balanced · well balanced · compos mentis
insane · irrational
(of a line, ray, or other linear feature) intersecting a given line or surface at right angles:
"a single plane of symmetry with a diad axis normal to it"
(of a salt solution) containing the same salt concentration as the blood:
"dilute the stock solution with sterile water or normal saline"
(of a solution) containing one gram-equivalent of solute per liter.
denoting a fault or faulting in which a relative downward movement occurred in the strata situated on the upper side of the fault plane.
normal (noun) · normals (plural noun)
the usual, average, or typical state or condition:
"her temperature was above normal" · "the service will be back to normal next week"
standard · usual · typical · average · the rule · predictable · unexceptional · par for the course · what one would expect · expected · (only) to be expected
the exception
a person who is conventional or healthy.
a line at right angles to a given line or surface:
"the view is along the normal to the surface"
mid 17th century (in the sense ‘right-angled’): from Latin normalis, from norma ‘carpenter's square’ (see norm). Current senses date from the early 19th century.
a town in central Illinois, home to Illinois State University (originally a normal, or teachers, school); population 52,056 (est. 2008).

I’ve joked over the years that the only time people have called me normal is if they put ab in front of it! But are we supposed to be average? Nope, Jesus calls us to a higher standard and to raise the bar! The Holy Spirit is with us to lead us and guide us, instruct us and correct us! God is with us and in us when we have received the Holy Spirit through inviting Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior! So rather than choosing to be normal, choose to raise the bar, to be unusual, to be above average, to be unpredictable, to be exceptional, to be above par! Let’s allow Jesus to set the standard rather than living according to the standards of this world! Let’s choose to thrive rather than just survive by living for the glory of God!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! ‘

Philippians 2:5-8

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 12

So where are you at? Are you ready to be more than normal? Are you ready to be more than average? Invite Jesus into your heart today! Invite Jesus into your life today! Allow the Holy Spirit to enter in and guide you through life today!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

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