Giving up Extreme in Exchange for Being Faithful

A few weeks ago I watched a TV show in which a young woman, about my age, lost more than 150 pounds in one year. Perhaps you’ve seen it, Extreme Weight Loss. Each week the show chronicles the weight loss journey of men and women who’s very lives are at risk because of their obesity and subsequent health concerns.

Please hear me on this: their extreme weight loss is very much worth celebrating, and I do not mean to, in anyway, take away from their accomplishments. But as I was watching that show I realized just how obsessed our culture is with extreme, epic, and amazing accomplishments. The kind of accomplishments that truly only one in a thousand can or will accomplish.

But what about ordinary accomplishments? 

The woman who loses the baby weight – on a normal schedule.

The family who remodels one room of their home at a time – because they are on a tight budget.

The kid who starts the year tragically behind in school – but finishes with mostly As and Bs.

The woman who, at 40 years old takes up running – and runs a 5K.

The mom who gets all of her kids to school on time – fed, dressed, and homework finished.

The dad who works long hours – and schedules time during the weekend to be with his family.

The widow who still lives at home – even though her health is failing.

Not one of these things would be considered epic or extreme. Those things will likely never be celebrated on a TV show, or in a magazine article. Those of us who live quite, faithful lives may never get to tell our story to the masses. Because really, compared to someone losing the equivalent of a whole other person, getting your kids to school on time is really pretty boring.

Giving Up Extreme in Exchange for Being Faithful via A Royal Daughter

What if we as a culture gave up our obsession with extreme, and exchanged it for being faithful. Faithful to our marriages and families and friendships. Faithful to our homes and jobs and other responsibilities. Faithful to our health and well being, both physical and spiritual. And what if we were faithful even when it’s hard and we’re offended?

God honors our faithfulness.

Never let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Tie them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will find favor and high regard in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4

The world may find our quiet, ordinary lives mundane and boring, and that’s okay. A woman losing 150 pounds in a year makes for a much  more entertaining show than a woman who loses 30 pounds in a year. But both are inspiring, both are faithful to reach their goal. And God honors faithfulness, no matter how big or little.

God bestows His blessings on us for our faithfulness.

A faithful man will have many blessings. Proverbs 28:20

I’d much rather reap the rewards of Christ’s blessings than have my story told in a popular magazine, or for one hour on prime time T.V., wouldn’t you? Not only do God’s blessings far outweigh and outshine notoriety in this world, but  blessings from the Most High God are eternal!

God rewards our faithfulness in the little things.

Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much. Luke 16:10

 As we honor Christ by being faithful in the little things, He rewards us by giving us more responsibility. Through His power and strength we are able to be faithful in the mundane, ordinary, boring aspects of life. And through His power and strength we are able to be faithful when we are given great responsibility. All for Jesus, All through  Jesus.

I know it seems silly to celebrate the ordinary accomplishments of an ordinary day. But GOD chooses, equips, uses, and celebrates the ordinary. And that is epic.

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  1. says

    So good. You are right, the world, including us love the extreme….even in salvation stories. But the kid that got saved at 4, never did anything really bad, stayed pure, stayed in church, married once. How much more blessed they are!

  2. says

    I loved this post so much, everything you say is wisdom, I would love to be one who helps change the sails. Have a blessed weekend. Tara.

  3. Amy E Patton says

    Thank you for the gentle reminder. I have been on a two year weight loss journey, and although I have lost 85 pounds, I still have a year or so to go. I lose about 1 pound a week. Never more. I’m not on a diet. I’m trying to just be faithful. Recently a person close to me said if I joined X diet program and did X exercise I could really lose weight. I think we like quick fixes because we forget the hard work of lasting change. Next on my list… Get the kids off to school on time! Too bad they are already in high school and college! Amy

  4. says

    I love this reminder to celebrate the ordinary – I feel like I accomplish a lot of mundane, ordinary feats throughout the day! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. says

    I REALLY needed to hear this today. As you know, I’m trying my hardest to lose weight and not so surprisingly, it’s not falling off just because I did a workout DVD for a few days. 😉 I need to hear that it’s okay to be an ordinary person who does things like lose weight slowly (and normally, I might add). Radical is awesome and should be celebrated but ordinary is just fine, too. It’s hard to live up to radical – if you know what I mean. :)

  6. Crystal says

    First time reader and I’m so glad God led me here. I needed to read this post. Thank you so much! Being faithful to God is so much more than anything in this world!

  7. says

    I LOOOOVE this post, Amanda!! I grew up in an Asian home, so when I would bring home a 97% on a test, it’d always be met with, “What happened to the other 3%??” I definitely internalized this “all-or-nothing” mentality, that small achievements aren’t as valuable as huge achievements.

    A couple of years ago, God gave me a verse in Zechariah 4:10, which says, “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”

    I love the way it is worded. “Who DARES despise the day of small things”??? Because God is rejoicing over every small thing, every small accomplishment He sees. Who are we to say it’s not great enough, or that it doesn’t count??

    Thanks for this reminder today, Amanda. :)


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