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Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren

“Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes.”

I consider myself an ordinary man. In fact, most people are ordinary. The definition of ordinary requires the majority. 

It is very easy to believe that the ordinary things in life do not matter; that life happens only in the big moments. We are much more interested in watching highlights on the news rather than the game itself.

In my office I had a wall of quotes; two in particular stood out to me, especially when working with college-aged students:

"Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound.” –Oswald Chambers

“Never compare your behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” –John Ortberg

When I first heard about Liturgy of the Ordinary, I was fascinated just by the title alone. It is simple yet deep. I know I was literally judging a book by its cover, but I wasn’t ashamed. 

I really enjoyed this book. Tish Harrison Warren has a beautiful view of life and faith. Every moment has an opportunity to create love, faith, community, etc. Yet not every moment is profound. Not every moment needs to be profound. These moments can be reminders of something greater or something simply average.

Ordinary moments show us our limitations. They show us that we need others. They show us that we are not in control. The ordinary can be utterly obnoxious or exceptionally beautiful. It’s our decision. Accepting the ordinary and understanding its value can change so much in our lives. 

Here are two quotes that I loved from this must-read book. 

"Biblically, there is no divide between ‘radical’ and ‘ordinary’ believers.”

What if Christians were known as a countercultural community of well-rested-people who embrace our limits with zest and even joy?”