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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; How to Live in The Ordinary and the Extraordinary

Updated on January 20, 2019
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What worth is there of 5 college degrees. None I say. Who cares of the diploma. I sure do not want to recieve the diploma of life.

Extraordinary Love

I wonder why we ordinarily smile for the camera.
I wonder why we ordinarily smile for the camera. | Source

What is Ordinary in Your Life?

Those are just fantastic words. It appears that they would be polar opposites. And perhaps they are but they are both within us. In studies we would find that these are actually theological terms when they are referenced together. For sure though the finest of the fine are extraordinary. And most blades of grass are “just” ordinary.

Growing up an ordinary grade on a test was basically frowned upon. If you were not on “Honor Roll” life around mom got a little dicey. My first wife was a teacher. So ordinary for our three children was basically a grounding of some sort until extra work was done so as not to be ordinary. My current bride of over 15 years now is your perfect cliché Asian parent. It really is like engrained. If her little boy is not in the top five of his class there is wrath. Just last week I had to take her gently aside and explain that we do not say “YOU are lazy” we say “that is lazy”. The distinction is not subtle but critical. We hate the action but never the person – our God of Love forbids it.

My boy just got up. And of course that means about 5 minutes of hugging in my big old recliner in my office. A simple prayer. “Thank you Lord Jesus, Lord of love.” And then chit chat about the great things we get to do today. And today the boy let loose a big old Gastronomical Extravaganza. You don’t hate the boy but you hate the stink from his, what lay people call a fart. Gases build up and it is healthy to release them. In our home we run away but giggle. For us that is ordinary. For most probably down right crude and less that ordinary. Funny that term.

Think of a prisoner of war. Perhaps beatings and being locked in a cage are ordinary. For my boy and I, making everything fun including chores and study, and being grateful we can do them is ordinary. Now you have to admit those are strange and not ordinary thoughts on ordinary.

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Guatemala hat, American shirt and Vietnamese pants. And no shoes. How ordinary?
Guatemala hat, American shirt and Vietnamese pants. And no shoes. How ordinary? | Source

Just Another Day?

They label people. If I do plumbing it is extraordinary if my buddy Tran comes by as a plumber it is ordinary. One time I got labeled. They sent me to this weird, not ordinary group of folks. Maybe the place was right for me but I got the hell out of there. There were like MIT grads there that could do things like multiply three separate 5 digit numbers in their heads. They wore wrinkled shirts and strange hair and smelled like they had not bathed in two weeks. I think to them it was ordinary.

I don’t do much scripture labeling and quoting. To my writing that is quite ordinary. But go read some pieces my Miss Dora and she does it extraordinary. If you read my work I use scripture but ordinarily only through conception reference. To me that is ordinary.

My wife and son will attend their church on this wonderful Sunnyday. (oops, no matter the weather I general refer to Sunday as Sunnyday. That may be strange but ordinary for me and their attendance is ordinary for them.)

And this beat of the ordinary goes on. If we follow laws we are ordinary. Most people do not violate currently normal laws. Although I think here in California it is still illegal to spit on a sidewalk instead of the dirt road. Lincoln said to the effect that following the law is the greatest freedom.

And so you get into theology and love. I always stand in awe of good people citing the bible about things like what do you have to do to get into heaven. And off they go quoting the bible about the laws. You must be ordinary to get into heaven. I use “ordinary” here because most people don’t sin in a major way. The acceptance of Jesus is quite important but if you have never been introduced to him there is an exception by law. And that is all good in the ordinary.

I have never met a “Bible Thumper” that rose above ordinary. Following a “group think” is ordinary. People get all wigged out about politics. I wonder if they know that that is quite ordinary. “I have no time to….” Is very ordinary. Check that out I used the term “very” ordinary. That would be wrong as very means more than ordinary.

Man am I tired about talking about ordinary. It is so ordinary and I don’t do ordinary. It seems it would be a good idea here to take a break and come back to speak of extraordinary.

Just Another Ordinary 12 Mile Hike in 100+ degrees

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Just Love This and There is Love

What a Great Day as Ordinary

Catholic vs. catholic

Why would anyone know or care about the capital “C” and the lower case “c”. I am in my fifth year of studying the Catholic catechism on line. It is produced by a Bishops group for North America. I am not Catholic in the sense of tradition. I am catholic. I believe in the extraordinary. It is how I run my life. We do not do ordinary here. We do extraordinary here. So let us look at the difference between extraordinary and ordinary and Catholic and catholic.

Catholic basically is a church/religion structure. The term catholic is a worldwide faith or man. Ordinary is man’s law. Extraordinary is the God of Love’s actions.

So you want to go to heaven via ordinary, accept Jesus in your life and avoid sin and repent if you do. If you want to go to heaven via the extraordinary just ask your God. The very definitions or love and God are basically that there are no rules, no boundaries and an omnipresence of love. Our love can conquer anything and our God can conquer anything.

So if you are like me, a general screw up in the ordinary, have faith in love of the extraordinary.

Just think of love. It is omnipresent, omnipotent, and alpha and omega. Yet it is palpable in the extraordinary. Around in this publication site we often pray for each other or just send the love to someone 4 thousand miles away and that love gets there immediately. No that is what I am talking about extraordinary. As I cogitate on this I realize I have never met up with or seen ordinary love. I don’t think I even know what that means. In our hand holding prayer circle last night the gratitude was easy enough to make us cry expressing our thanks for the bounty we have. (Ok, we do a fact check and ours is just a prayer triangle as there are only three of us in the ordinary. But we count love and Jesus as members so it is a circle as the extraordinary.)

In my youth preaching time a young man who just got a full ride scholarship to Berkeley was going all atheist. The scholarship was in something like physics. Not ordinarily smart but extraordinary smart. The preacher reaction was plain and simple in the extraordinary. Shut up Eric and give him a hug. He went like “whoa, wow!” and said he had not had a hug in years.

Shut up Eric and hug. Shut up Eric and Love. Shut up Eric and feel. Stop Eric with the thinking and start with the actions of love. This will bring extraordinary ordinary results for others, your brain will not.

Walk in the beauty of the extraordinary my loved ones.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann just a 2 hour hike/walk in a lagoon sanctuary today. For some reason being dong such seemed like a luxury I could not afford. I dutifully texted my wife that I was home and safe.

      she texted back "how wonderful for our family". I do not wonder what she meant.

      Thank you for your visit and chat.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada I have been being a little stressed lately with our gov. partial shutdown effecting us financially.

      In a crazy way it is such a blessing. Moving out of comfort zones, and treasuring comfort zones much more. And more prayers together.

      If I were God I would do it this way -- just saying.

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      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      You're right, the ordinary can be truly extraordinary!

      Ann

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great article and so relatable!

      We don’t even realise that what may seem ordinary today, might become extraordinary tomorrow, when we look back.

      Interesting read with insightful points. Thanks for sharing another wonderful and thought provoking article!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika you are so right. My elder son when we go on long hikes likes to say "A bad day here is better than a good day there". Nature is extraordinary.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great outdoor experiences make life extraordinary on any ordinary day.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Deborah my son just whooped my butt in "concentration" card game. So I took out back of the woodshed and kicked his butt in darts. How silly and ordinary is that? I am a little worried that it is not ordinary these days.

      I wonder if parents snuggle with their children at night or if that is extraordinary -- well just another ho hum day for us.

      Thank you for being a part of my life.

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      Deborah Demander 

      4 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Profoundly beautiful. Just last week, I gave a friend a gift and suggested she celebrate the ordinary, for it is in the ordinary moments that our lives are truly meaningful.

      Thanks for writing.

      Namaste

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Sue. Moving back from that "having to" into the "getting to" is a tough road. So glad you made it. I was never sure that I would. Yet here we are.

      You just reminded me of Diana Ross and "Ain't no mountain high enough".

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      Sue Pratt 

      4 months ago from New Orleans

      I loved this article. Perspective: Use it or lose it. There were days when crawling out of bed in the morning or not crying at the dinner table were extraordinary for me. I didn't realize it then, but from my perspective now, it truly was. I like your writing; it flows in a gentle, meaningful way.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda we start off every day with "This is the day that the Lord has made, we shall be glad and rejoice in it". Can you even imagine that no two snowflakes are the same? Impossible in the natural, fully possible in the extra natural. I hope you are having fun -- I won't tell where!

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      Linda Lum 

      4 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I don't think any of us are "ordinary." All of us are here in this time and place for a specific reason. God placed us where each of us would be needed. How can that be ordinary? We are each unique and extraordinary (...you made me in an amazing and wonderful day - Psalm 139:14). Keep spreading the love, my friend. You are extraordinary!

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill you are so right. Most of the difference is just our perception.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The ordinary is extraordinary, my friend. It took me decades to learn that but by God I finally did! Ain't it great?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori I wonder what life would be without "pull the finger" giggles. My dad was a full of muscle huge man over 6 ft 4. In one hand he could hold my 80+ body and raise it up. He had 3 doctorates. A full on genius. But he giggled and tickled me. His smell is still in my head. Love is where it is at.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mercy i heard today. Clive I will look into it. Don't know I know what that is. Love in action maybe. I will get back to you on that.

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      Clive Williams 

      4 months ago from Jamaica

      serves you right Eric. Trying to be a spider in your mummified years.

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      Lori Colbo 

      4 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      My dad was a "pull my finger" guy. Just sayin'.

      If you look up ordinary and normal up in the dictionary what you will see are a list of boring adjectives like common, usual, regular, of no special quality or interest, plain, to name a few. Pardon me while I yawn. They are also both subjective terms. But I do believe that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We are of extraordinary value to Him also. I think in the end, what matters most is that He is extraordinary beyond compare. That's cool.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris, no man knows God like the man who hikes alone. Injuries are kind of like badges of honor. I know that "no pain no gain" Is wrong but what the hell.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 months ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

      I could dunk a tennis ball way back when, but that B Ball is what did my knee in so that after thirty years of long distance running, the knee is useless without my brace. But with the brace, I'm superman. At least that's my fantasy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John one day I was sitting in my dirt meditation garden and realized I had "caught a cold". What an idea?! I could get sick from someone else. What else? I thought. Wow again, I can catch "well" from someone also. During my 60 yard walk back into the screen room I got well. Crazy I know but that is how my ship sails.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive right now I do not like you or anyone. I have an ice pack on my knee and a heating pad on my back. And soon I will take a long hot massaging shower. I got pain. Can you imagine how luxuriating it is to be old and beat up? Yell at me when it is time to wake up.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chris I now have an extraordinary "raspberry" and bruise to my knee. I reckon you know what I mean. I don't like peas but I love the frozen ones as an ice pack. Let's stick with hiking and stay off the basketball courts.

      You would not know ordinary if it hit you with an ugly stick.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pam isn't that a great thing to know. It carries us through life so well. It relieves me of the need to judge others and I can still judge in the positive which I do with my sons. They are so awesome.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What an extraordinary article/sermon Eric. It is clear from everything I have read from you that nothing about your life is "ordinary". Just keep spreading the extraordinary, it is infectious.

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      Clive Williams 

      4 months ago from Jamaica

      Eric...you better careful on those cliffs. That is an EXTRAORDINARY feat.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 months ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

      This is an awesome challenge, Eric. Extraordinary can be applied to anything, just as you have shown us.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am glad you talked to your wife about te way she phrases things. My first husband did not always talk very nice to the boys when they were not doin well. It is important to separate the task from the person.

      It is best if we all shut up and love! I like your message today.

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