When Life Is Too Normal

I have never wanted to be normal. (That’s probably obvious to most people who know me). But normal life has a way of creeping up on you gradually. For an idealist like me, it’s easy to question whether something truly significant has been lost in the process. That’s why I want to share this insight from Wheaton graduate Lisa Beamer (wife of Todd Beamer, also a Wheaton grad, who died on September 11, 2001). Lisa is the author of the book entitled Let’s Roll, which tells the story of Todd’s heroic death. She was the keynote speaker at Wheaton’s graduation this past May. I wasn’t there, but according to Wheaton’s Autumn 2011 magazine (page 4), she reassured graduates with these words:

“Don’t be dismayed to find your life turn ordinary soon enough. When you realize that today is kind of similar to yesterday and a bit like tomorrow, ask yourself who is becoming whole again on your watch, what is being healed through your influence, how is God redeeming His creation by way of your life? Your good answers will surely be the mark of significance even in an ordinary life.”


About Carmen Imes

I entered Wheaton's doctoral program in 2011 with an Old Testament concentration under Dr. Daniel Block. I have an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte campus), and a BA from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. My husband, Danny, and I are missionaries with SIM and we have 3 great kids: Eliana, Emma, and Easton. You can find my personal blog at www.seminarymom.blogspot.com. I'm passionate about the Word of God, both written and incarnate, and I long to see our generation transformed so that we can truly know God and reflect Him to the world.
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