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Out of the Ordinary

Read 2 Kings 5: 1-14 - Elisha cures Naaman

But his officers tried to reason with him and said,"If the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn't you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!" 2 Kings 5:13 (TLB)

When Elisha, the man of God, told Naaman what to do to be healed, Naaman initially refused to do it because it seemed so common. He was expecting an extraordinary healing and almost missed a miracle because the road to the miracle seemed unremarkable.

Amber Marie Followell, from Arkansas, knows there have been times where she has missed out on positive changes because she didn't want to do the ordinary things to make the extraordinary changes possible. She wanted healing in her physical health, but she didn't want to eat less and exercise more. She wanted advancement at work, but she didn't want to put in the extra time to make herself stand out. She wanted a better relationship with her children, but she didn't want to give up any of her time to make that happen. So many times she has failed to do the things God has called her to do because she was waiting for a miraculous proclamation. Amber has learned, however, that things won't get better as a result of grand gestures but rather with the dedicated daily efforts of Christians who refuse to give up the faith.

Prayer: Dear Lord, teach us to do the ordinary things so we can lead the extraordinary lives you have given us, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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