When I was studying to be a teacher we learned about integration, taking a topic and teaching it through all the subjects.  So maybe you are learning about Africa in Social Studies, you might read a novel that takes place there for Language Arts, and study the animals that live there for science etc…  Have you ever noticed that God uses the same technique in our lives? We are in a series at church about every day bravery, and it feels like God affirms and echoes these teachings all around me.

I was reading Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest the other day.  He was talking about how it is not necessarily difficult to follow God in the big things, but rather in the small things.  He pointed out that Peter had the faith and the courage to easily jump out of the boat and follow Christ on the water, but when it came time to stand with him on dry land, when Jesus went to the cross, Peter followed at a distance.  Chambers went on to say we must learn to have extraordinary courage in our ordinary lives.

It got me thinking, what ordinary thing can I do  in an extraordinary way?

Is there someone I need to treat with kindness?

Is there a mundane task I can do with joy?

Is there a child I need to have patience with?

Is there a family member I need to forgive again?

How is my attitude towards the responsibilities I have been giving?

Am I grateful for the blessings I have been given?

My family will not be impressed if I minister to crowds on stage but cannot be patient and loving with them at home.  I want to have the courage to do the small things well, remembering that Jesus said if I am faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones (Luke 16:10).