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Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

I was about to spend a long weekend I am sharing this article of inspirational leader/author Francis Kong. I hope we all become better persons when we come back to our home, school or workplace after a long vacation.

Here is Kong’s question: How does an ordinary man/woman become an extraordinary person?

Ordinary people become extraordinary when they understand the right priorities and work on them (“Ordinary Men” By Ravi Zacharias). There are extraordinarily good people and then again there are extraordinarily people who are evil too.

In a book entitled “Ordinary Men” authored by historian Christopher Browning touching on Holocaust, One critic said: “The most frightening aspect of Browning’s book is the knowledge it conveys to us that it was not a few brutes, but many good and ordinary men, who committed murder for Hitler.”

One might think that the men who engineered such atrocities were somehow of a different breed, perhaps genetically predisposed or psychologically imbalanced. I do not mean to mitigate the power of false beliefs or influence of a mob mentality, yet I cannot escape the fact that those capable of such ghastly acts against millions of people were, by all accounts, ordinary men.

Malcolm Muldgridge; perhaps considered as one of the most respected Christian with a brilliant mind of the 20th century tells us his own story.

It is a story of a time when he was a journalist in India, and left his residence one evening to go for a swim. As he entered the water, across the river he saw a woman bathing. Muldgridge impulsively felt the allure and temptation of the moment. He had often felt this kind of struggle but had resisted because he was a married man.

On this occasion, however, he wondered if he could cross the line of his conscience, and swam furiously toward the woman. His mind fed him the fantasy that stolen waters would be sweet.

Finally only a few feet away from her, he emerged from the water and looked at the woman. At once he realized that he was looking into the eyes of a leper – a toothless old woman was grinning at him. He was gripped with disgust and thought, “What a dirty lecherous woman!” when suddenly the rude shock of it dawned upon him. It was not the woman who was lecherous; it was his own heart.

Jeremiah says it correctly. In the Bible the prophet says the heart of man is deceitfully and hopelessly wicked. This is why ordinary people become extraordinarily evil.

How then can an ordinary person turn out to be an extra-ordinary servant of God? Let me tell you how. When that person understands priorities.

Let me give you a list of it.

In our relationship with God:

(1.) It’s Worship before Work;
(2.) Attitude before Activity ; 
(3.) It’s being God’s Son before being God’s Servant ;
(4.) Enjoyment of God before Enduring for God ;
(5.0 Being before Doing ;
(6.) Obedience before Sacrifice ;
and (7. ) Fruit of the Spirit before Gifts of the Spirit.

In our prayer life and bible study :
(1.) Listening to God before Asking from God ;
(2.) God’s Word before Tradition of men ;
(3.) Spirit of the Word before Letter of the Word ;
(4.) Facts before Feelings ;
(5.) Heart before Head.

In our work for God:
( 1.) God’s will before our desires ;
(2.) Holiness before Evangelism ;
(3.) Making Disciples before Getting members ;
(4.) Teaching before Socializing ;
(5.0 Quality before Quantity ;
(6.) Motive comes before Methods ;
(7.) Faithfulness comes before Success ;
(8.) Prayer comes before Planning ;
and (9.) Faith comes before Logic.

In Our Life With Others:
(1.) Forgiving comes before Correcting ;
(2.) Contributing to others comes before Competing with Others ;
(3.) Humility towards others comes before Authority over Others;
(4.) Gentleness comes before Firmness with Others ;
(5.) Relationship comes before Organization; and
(6.) Appreciation comes before Judging Others.

Perhaps just like me, you need only to look as far as your own life to see that your heart is bent on following its own devices and falls short of what God intends. But God stands ready to forgive sin and offer new life for those who honestly seek Him. He has the power to change ordinary people into becoming extraordinary beings provided we know the priorities.

By the way, the difference between “ordinary” and “extraordinary” is that little “extra.”

Have a happy long weekend !

By Dante Corteza