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When Jesus encounters our lives, it is anything but average.  It is anything but mediocre.  That doesn’t mean it’s incredible and a thrill ride either.

As with most things when it comes to Jesus, it’s different from what we expect.  It’s not all rose-colored glasses and happy, happy, joy, joy.  At least that’s my experience.

Jesus has a way of taking the established norms, sides, and structures and not fighting them directly.  Rather, Jesus has this way of not accepting the premise that they are legitimate to begin with.  And then he points us in a new direction.

The world wants you to be average and mediocre and predictable.  To play you part as a cog in a big wheel that tells you that you need more because you aren’t good enough and you don’t have what it takes.  But Jesus has a different message.

A message that says you don’t have what it takes, but God does.  Stop trying to do it yourself – you won’t make it.  No matter how hard you try on your own, you aren’t ever going to get there.  So stop.  you aren’t a rat in a cage.  You are a beloved child of God.