by Victoria Osteen
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Today I want to remind you that Jesus said, "I came that you may have life, and have it in abundance" (John 10:10). He came so that we could live an abundant live, an extraordinary life, an exceptional life. But too often we take our God-given extraordinary life, and we reduce it down in our thinking to average, mediocre, mundane. Yet God wants you to be extraordinary in your thinking. He wants you to expect more, to strive for more, to go for more because when you're the very best you can be today, your tomorrow will be better. When you prepare for today, you'll be ready for tomorrow's opportunities. When preparation meets opportunity, it's called success. That's what happens when we have an extraordinary mind-set that expects to be full of joy, abundance, creativity and blessing.
Extraordinary begins with who you are. God says you are His masterpiece, an original creation. You have callings and gifts that are matchless. Only you can do what God has called you to do. Only you were created to be you. You were designed uniquely to be extraordinary and to live an extraordinary life.
"But," you say, "my life is so routine and mundane." Yes, all of our lives are filled with routine. We get up in the morning, go to work, come home, make dinner, take care of the kids, pay the bills, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day. However, it is our job to not get stuck in that routine because we were designed to produce extraordinary in the routines of life. Within our routines, we face all kinds of challenges and difficulties, and those are meant to bring something out of us that is extraordinary. When we press though those challenges day after day, it produces extraordinary lessons and extraordinary character in our life. When you are faithful with what God has placed in your hand and you give it your best, you're creating extraordinary, something to be proud of.
In the difficult times and the routine times, stay faithful. God is preparing you. You are passing the test. He wants to give you greater opportunities, a greater life and destiny. You have to live with purpose and get this down in your heart. No matter what you face, on the other side of that difficulty is extraordinary. It is worth putting your best effort into it even when you don't see where the routine is taking you. Then you realize that you have an extraordinary job, an extraordinary family, and an extraordinary life to share with others. You may not see where it's taking you all the time, but it will lead you to extraordinary.