I have never wanted to be normal. (That's probably obvious to most of you by now). 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."
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
when life is too normal
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.