It is Sunday morning, and we should be in church right now... except, Tracee doesn't want to go, her mother wouldn't even imagine going, and my mom and dad just left after their quick visit.. All of this combined... we are not going... We are deviating from the norm... at least as defined by our recent history...

1 a. according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle
b. conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern
2 occurring naturally and not because of disease, inoculation, or any experimental treatment
3 a. of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development
b. free from mental disorder
c. characterized by balanced well-integrated functioning of the organism as a whole
4 a of a solution, having a concentration of one gram equivalent of solute per liter b. containing neither basic hydrogen nor acid hydrogen
c. not associated
d. having a straight-chain structure
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc

What does normal mean to you? What are your expectations of yourself and others? What is "normal" defines much of our context in interacting with our world.. I am hopeful that some of you will answer with ideas re: these areas
5. GOD

Family news:

Tracee is feeling better(at least some) and we are beginning to adjust to the reality of our new life. The testing and injections are not the norm yet, but they will become that way in the near future. Relationships with neighbors and friends at HRBC are strengthening...what a blessing. Our support community is playing a major role in Tracee's recovery.. Strength is returning.. to all of us... As the shock of the past two weeks fades into memory, we are able to look forward to the future.. It will be exciting to see what God has in store...


Charles Hulin said…
I'm intrigued by the possible discussion of "normal". It seems that the word often has the connotation of sane and reasonable. It's also used to mean the expected and the routine.

I wonder if these two versions of normal keep us from seeing some important truth such as the expected and the routine may be insane and unreasonable.
Anonymous said…
1. Home and family
Because each individual is a unique creation of God and the people that constitute the family are part of His design, my normal may not be your normal. It could be something is considered normal in one family and immoral in another. One thing I know for sure, God didn't make us to be boring. I love the saying.."God's gift to you is your life ...what you do with your life is your gift to God."
Normal friends............nahhh, they are boring and no fun! God given friends are EXCEPTIONAL, not perfect, just exceptional in some way!
Work....there is no normal at my place of work. If there was (normal), it wouldn't be exciting or challenging.
The last two tie together! You can't put God in box, which some churches and people try to do. If you attempt that, you seriously limit you ability to fill your mission on earth.I believe that if you are following the instruction book... normal is not acceptible... its the thing that He will spew out of His mouth... just lukewarm. I equate normal with average and that's just not good enough for a child of the KING
Jeff Prillaman said…
Great comments.. I am totally on board with this thinking... We should all seek to be exceptional. Not for ourselves, but because God made us uniquely... We are created in his image... what a tremendous blessing.

People don't have to be the same... There is no mold or system that we all have to fit into... But a lot of people think there is...

I wonder how we go about changing that.

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