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Dr. Henry I Hargrow Jr.

Chaplains Corner

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.


Living A Better Than Normal life

Many of us are proclaiming “I can’t wait to get back to normal”. Normal means conforming to a standard, type, or regular pattern. The term normal usually refers to something that’s typical or natural and something that most people do, and abnormal appears to be the opposite. With that in mind, lets define normal as a behavior that is typical, expected, and adjusts to a standard that society has put in place.

But with the amount of people who live on planet earth, is it even possible to say something is normal? What may be normal in one culture may not make any sense in another.

Life has taught us that the idea of normal has gotten hijacked. Many panic and don’t know how to respond when things happen out of what we are accustom. Have you ever said, “I can’t wait for things to get back to normal”? That’s what we say when we’re in a challenging season, where the end date seems unattainable. But eventually, we get our feet steady and we say something like, “Well, I guess this is our new normal”. 

The thing that’s so appealing about normal is we know what to expect, and we find comfort in that. But comfort doesn’t always equate to health. So, what if we chose to look for a life that is beyond that concept of normality? What if we pursued a life that is better than normal? 

As followers of Jesus, we’re called to live differently. The world tells us to follow our hearts, but we know that our hearts can be deceitful. The world says to have the perfect body, but we know that godliness should be our goal. The world tells us to put ourselves first, but we know that living a life where we give to others is more rewarding and kinder.

Life has taught us that when someone does something that hurts or offends us, we often take it as a personal attack. We assume they meant to hurt us, and at times, people do. But, for the most part, we’re just imperfect people who are just being...imperfect. Living in an imperfect world serving a perfect God.

Love covers it all. Let’s live a better than normal life. This is a new day, a new beginning. Normal conforms to the world, but better than normal renews the mind.


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