Do you ever get discouraged because you’re so … ordinary?
Especially in today’s culture of celebrity, it’s easy to get hung up feeling like we haven’t done anything in life. In fact, many survey-takers who have asked kids what they want to be when they grow up, discovered that the number one answer is often “famous.” They don’t want to do anything, they just want to BE a celebrity.
When we look at the Bible, we see that many (most) of the people the Lord used to do His work were … ordinary people. David was a shepherd boy. Joseph was a despised younger brother. Mary was a young girl from a not very elegant neighborhood. The list goes on and on.
The Lord uses ordinary people.
Here are three people you might not know about. Why not read about them from God’s Word and then talk about them with your kids.
#1 – Bukki, son of Jogli — Numbers 34:22
Bukki means “empty out, spread out.”
Jogli means “exiled, cast out (shamefully)
One of twelve representative chiefs of the Tribes of Israel (Dan)
He was appointed by Moses.
He helped in the dividing and distribution of the land among the tribes.
Not very extra-ordinary, but he had an important job and he did it well.
#2 Eliphelet — 2 Samuel 23:34
Eliphelet means “God is his deliverance.”
He was one of David’s 30 Mighty Men. Some classify it as David’s Hall of Fame. He had 37 men total. Seven had to be replaced.
Some of the other men were honored for great deeds, but it seems as if Eliphelet was a consistent worker … just doing his job. Interestingly, David named two of his sons (he had a lot of them) after Eliphelet.
#3 Bunni — Nehemiah 9:4, 10:15
Bunni means “built.”
He was a Levite.
He joined with public prayer and confession with Nehemiah.
Joined with Nehemiah in covenant after returning from Babylon.
He was appointed overseer in the temple.
Three ordinary men who didn’t get a lot of acclaim (though they did get mentioned in the Bible) because they did their jobs faithfully.
Let’s encourage our kids to do whatever they do well. God uses ordinary people.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)