A few years back I came across a book entitled Are You Normal? by Bernice Kanner. The book is a collection of survey results about things we really don’t spend much time thinking about, but nonetheless reveals something about our human tendencies. For example:
- 45% of people will pick up an item in grocery store, but decide they don’t want it and leave it another place in the store (explains some of the items I find in the meat dept)
- 67% will fight for a parking spot rather than look for another one
- 50% eat Oreos whole while the other half pull them apart (we truly are a divided Nation)
- Women are more optimistic than Men (52% vs 46%)
- 90% believe that will have to give an accounting of our lives to God
- 91% confess that they frequently lie (how much they weight being #1 lie told)
- 40% keep 5 or fewer of the 10 Commandments (truth telling must be in the other 5)
- 82% believe in an afterlife
Having been through the book I have come to realize that Normal isn’t one thing it isn’t even a measurable thing. Normal is truly all over the map. So you might say we aren’t that different from the rag tag group that originally followed Jesus.
God must truly find us a fascinating bunch. When God isn’t grieving over our failures, God must certainly being laughing over our attempts to be normal. No matter that response, I am certain through all of it that God loves us – even when our behavior makes no sense.
We are truly works in progress. Perhaps that is why John Wesley (the founder of the Methodist movement) described our journey of faith as a process of going on to perfection. Wesley had no inkling that we would be ethically perfect in our actions, but that God’s perfect love would afford us the grace to always be improving.
Truth is we don’t always see the difference that God is making in our lives. If only in our desire to be normal – we would take the time to look in the mirror and see what God sees.
See you Sunday … it will make a difference, but it won’t make you normal!